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.

  • Front.fireworks
    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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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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