Still no candidates for city council, mayor 2013.05.08

Written by David Green.

One thing seems certain—the make-up of Morenci's city council will have a new look come November.

Three council seats and the mayor position all expire with the November general election, and with only seven days remaining until the deadline for filing petitions, not one candidate has emerged.

Councilors Greg Braun and Robert Jennings are not seeking another term and Tracy Schell is undecided. In addition, mayor Keith Pennington will not seek another term.

Pennington and Schell have both applied to serve as the next city administrator/clerk when Renée Schroeder retires at the end of the year. The two were selected as finalists in the initial search after the position was advertised in the Morenci and Adrian newspapers. Since then, the position was listed with the Michigan Municipal League and several more applications came in.

Schell said if a new administrator isn’t chosen before the filing deadline, she won’t seek another term in office.

CHARTER—Mayor Pennington spoke at the April council meeting about updating the City Charter. A nine-person charter commission is required to consider changes, followed by a vote of the people.

As of May 7, the only petition submitted came from Ron Apger.

The deadline for candidates for both city council and the charter commission is Tuesday, May 14.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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