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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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