Morenci city council 2013.01.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A pervasive odor in City Hall is not letting up and city supervisor Barney Vanderpool has explored every avenue he can think of. 

“We’ve got to do something,” he said.

Councilor Rebecca Berger made a motion to hire Wonder Makers Environmental at a cost of $2,650 to collect samples and report back on what might be causing the continuing problem.

Berger said it was in the best interest of city employees and their health, and council agreed with a unanimous vote.

“If they find the source, maybe we can fix it,” Vanderpool said. 

Wonder Makers, based in Kalamazoo, specializes in indoor environmental problems.

PARK—The Town and Country Festival committee is asking council for a public address system for use at Wakefield Park and for some electrical upgrades.

Costs will be determined for council to consider the projects.

INDUSTRY—City administrator Renée Schroeder and mayor Keith Pennington were scheduled to visit the vacant Palm Plastics building and General Broach with representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

SALT—Vanderpool told council that he didn’t buy any road salt for this season and is still using the supply from last year.

LIBRARY—Library director Colleen Leddy informed council that the library will receive 80 percent of penal fines designated for Medina Township rather than the current 60 percent. This is due to the new contract signed with Medina Township following the formation of the Hudson Carnegie District Library. The Hudson district now follows school district boundaries.

APPOINTMENTS—Council re-appointed members of the Zoning Board of Appeals: Don Merillat, Greg Braun, Al Acuña, Art Erbskorn and Ernie Schultz, with Russ Sutherland named as an alternative. Members of the construction board of appeals were also appointed to an additional term: Don Merillat, Chris Merillat, Chris McCowan, Larry Borton and Tom Barnes.

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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