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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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