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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Morenci city council 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.


Morenci council members continued a discussion about amending an ordinance  governing door-to-door sales.

Council learned from its attorney, Fred Lucas, that sales cannot be banned. If some communities state that door-to-door sales are banned, said police chief Larry Weeks, it’s likely an old ordinance that isn’t allowed by the U.S. Constitution.

Following council’s lead, Lucas created a proposed amendment that would require a seller to register at city hall and provide information about the sales staff, the organization represented, proposed time of sales, etc.

Councilor Brenda Spiess said the process would add more work for city hall staff with only a minimal gain.

Council member Tracy Schell said there would be value in knowing names and general information about groups engaged in sales.

Schell suggested giving salespeople some sort of registration document that residents could ask to see. If none were given, the seller could be directed to city hall. A fee could cover the costs of extra work at city hall.

Mayor Keith Pennington presented the same concern that Chief Weeks mentioned in earlier discussions.

“I’m concerned that what we have now somehow conveys to citizens an endorsement of a solicitor,” Pennington said. “That’s the furthest thing I want to do. If we took it one step further and gave them something to carry around, that takes the endorsement even further. I’m on the fence on whether it’s worthwhile at all.”

Weeks said that if the ordinance is repealed, the attorney should be asked about what his officers can do if a peddler goes to a home where a “no soliciting” sign is displayed.

The mayor invited residents to express their suggestions and concerns about door-to-door sales.

POLICE—Former suburban Detroit resident Dan Bachelda was hired as a part-time police officer and sworn into office by city clerk Renée Schroeder.

Police chief Larry Weeks said that Bachelda comes with a wide range of experiences and he’s pleased to have him join the force.

GOODWILL—Schroeder reminded council members that the Goodwill donation drive bins are located at the recycling center this week.

Schroeder mentioned that the United Way Day of Action event in Morenci—painting at Wakefield Park—was postponed until Oct. 5 due to rain. She also told council that the city received another tree-planting grant from Consumers Power.

PAINTING—B&R Painting of Delta, Ohio, was hired to paint the exterior of city hall at a cost of $1,850 for two coats. Council hired someone to do the job at the previous meeting, but the individual was not insured. B&R submitted the low bid.

AWNINGS—Addison Awning was hired to replace three awnings at city hall at a cost of $1,140. The existing framework will be used.

ELECTION—Joyce Woerner, Leasa Slocum, Tonia Hoffman and Laurie Schisler were hired to serve as poll workers for the Nov. 6 general election, under the direction of Gail Johnson.

PUMP—Morenci’s water system is currently operating with a single pump after a shaft broke in the second unit. Both units are expected to be back in operation this week.

CREDIT CARDS—City treasurer Crystal White expects that residents should be able to begin making credit card payments for utility bills by Dec. 1. 

Programmers are finding some glitches in the new system and seeking solutions

PSYCHIC—Stair Public Library director Colleen Leddy mentioned that a psychic medium will present a program next month. Mayor Pennington said that he has concerns about allowing a psychic to present a program.

He asked if Leddy has plans to bring other religious leaders to the library for programs. Leddy responded that she didn’t consider the psychic’s program to be of a religious nature.

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