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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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