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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    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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    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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