Morenci city council 2013.01.30

Written 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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    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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