Morenci city council 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council will apply for state funds to cover most of the maintenance costs associated with the Main Street bridge over Bean Creek.

The bridge provides the only link to city’s east and west side without a detour north or south of town.

Council voted to hire Frank Brechting of  Brechting Bridge and Engineering to apply for the grant at an expected of $700. Brechting is the inspector who examines the city’s bridges.

The maintenance project—sand blasting and painting—is expected to cost around $100,000. The metal beams under the bridge are included in the project, said city supervisor Barney Vanderpool, and all the paint that’s chipped off must be collected for disposal.

The grant through the Michigan Department of Transportation would cover 95 percent of the cost.

Vanderpool had no recollection of the bridge being painted in the 31 years he’s worked with the city.

ODOR—City hall employees are still puzzled over an odd odor that’s permeated the building off and on for several months.

The sewer lines and furnace have been checked, but the source remains a mystery.

Council voted to spends funds on the problem if necessary.

BACKHOE—The city will seek help with replacement of its backhoe through the Clean Diesel program. Twenty-five percent of the $90,000 unit would be paid through the grant.

PLANNERS—Two residents have joined the Morenci Planning Commission: Lowell Oberhaus and Brad Frederick.

MEETING—The city council next meet on Dec. 10 for its only meeting of the month.

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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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