Morenci city council 2012.12.05

Written 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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    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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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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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    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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