Morenci council short one candidate 2013.05.30

Written by David Green.

Morenci will have a shortage of city council candidates on the November ballot, but there's still time for someone to declare to run as a write-in candidate.

Bill Foster and Kebben Milliman filed petitions to become Morenci's next mayor to succeed Keith Pennington. Pennington announced he would not seek another term in office and he's still hoping to land the administrator/clerk job to replace Renée Schroeder in January.

Ron Apger and Rob Sweet filed petitions to fill two of the three council seats that will be vacated in November. Tracy Schell, Greg Braun and Robert Jennings are not seeking another term. Like Pennington, Schell applied for the administrator/clerk position.

Under current state election law, citizens can declare to run as a write-in through Oct. 25. If a declaration isn't filed by that date, any write-in votes received are discarded.

No residents filed to serve on the nine-member City Charter commission. Mayor Pennington announced his desire to update the charter, but a commission is required to decide what changes should be made.

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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.
    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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