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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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.
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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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    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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