Morenci city council 2013.04.10

Written by David Green.

It sounds like a daunting task, but city attorney Fred Lucas says, “It’s not rocket science.”

Overhauling the City Charter after nearly 80 years is a job Morenci City Council would like to see tackled. 

Before that can happen, the citizens of Morenci must agree that it’s a job worth doing, and at least nine city residents must be sufficiently interested to run for election on the Charter Revision Commission.

Both those questions (Should the Charter be revised? and Which nine people should be elected?) will be put to the electorate at the November 5, 2013 election. 

Those interested in serving on the Commission must have been Morenci residents for at least three years prior to the election in November. They cannot be elected or appointed officials, nor employees, of the city. 

They must pick up a non-partisan petition from City Hall and return it with 25 to 50 signatures by May 14 at 4 p.m. Registered voters of the city may only sign nine petitions of all those running for a spot on the Commission.

There’s no point in “reinventing the wheel,” Lucas told council members Monday night in explaining that other cities’ charters would be made available for the commission to consider and council would provide the commission with guidance in issues to address.

One of the main issues would be deciding the form of government that is most appropriate for the city. Lucas listed three versions known as council-manager, strong mayor or weak mayor.

 Downtown Development Authority—Council appointed Ken Fether to replace Gail Johnson and added Keith Pennington.

Election Inspectors—Council hired inspectors for the May 7 school election. Gail Johnson was appointed chair and Leasa Slocum, Laurie Schisler and Tonya Hoffman will also serve.

 City Administrator/Clerk selection process—An advertisement was put in the Michigan Municipal League 

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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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