Morenci city council 10.28.09

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci is need of two planning commission members following the recent resignation of Karen Mepham. A recent state law might affect the makeup of the group.

Morenci’s seven-seat commission fits into the law, council member Keith Pennington explained, along with the method of placing members on the commission: the mayor appoints and council approves.

Renée Schroeder, as city administrator, would be an ex officio member of the board unless she names someone to serve in her place. One other ex officio member would be appointed from council.

The ex officio members could be made up of the mayor and a councilor, two councilors, or the administrator and a councilor.

The new law allows for two members who are not registered voters of the city.

The law also requires a minimum of four meetings every year.

Morenci planners will continue with five members, Pennington said, until two more are appointed. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact city hall.

SEWER PAYMENTS—Property taxes in Morenci could be going down next year as the bond for the sewer separation program nears repayment.

Pennington, as chair of the Legal and Finance committee, told council members he has spoken with city treasurer Stephanie Mossing about paying off the off the bond debt early.

“We hope to know in the next month or so,” Pennington said. “What better time to save a little money for property owners.”

Residential property owners pay about $125 a year and business owners pay $185, he said. In addition, a charge of $11.50 would come off the water bill.

“I’m glad that assessment is almost over,” he said. “Twenty years has been a long time.”

CRUISER—The 2003 Chevrolet Impala police cruiser will be offered for sale on eBay. Police chief Larry Weeks said the city has had better success in the past selling items on eBay rather than trying to sell locally.

The vehicle has 139,000 miles plus the wear and tear of law enforcement use, Weeks said.

AERIAL TRUCK—Council member Tracy Schell said that verbal acceptance was received for the city’s bid for the used aerial truck owned by the Archbold Fire Department. However, since the sale would be made to an out-of-state buyer, Archbold learned that the normal bidding process would have to taken.

LIBRARY—Kym Ries and Heather Walker were approved for additional four-year terms on the Stair Public Library board of directors.

Janelle Thomas was given a 25 cent an hour wage increase in accord with her contract.

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    NICE WORK—A spider remains at the center of a web, awaiting visitors, during a moist morning last month. The was built in front of Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
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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.