Morenci city council 2013.09.05

Morenci has a new city council member to replace a seat vacated by Robert Jennings.

Ron Apger, a city council candidate for the November election, was appointed to fill the council seat vacated by Jennings, through the end of the year. Sean Seger was appointed to fill Jennings's seat on the planning commission.

Apger and Rob Sweet are the only candidates who filed petitions to fill two of three council seats that will expire this year.

GUARD—Beverly Zuvers was hired to serve as the crossing guard at Main and East streets before and after school at a pay rate of $8 an hour.

TENNIS—Council voted to buy a vinyl product for a volunteer crew, led by Greg Lamley, to seal cracks on the Wakefield Park tennis courts. 

Lamley said the fence around the court is in good shape and the nets are well maintained, but there is serious cracking that could lead to deterioration of the surface. He estimated the cost of repair at less than $300.

City superintendent Barney Vanderpool recommended buying the material, stating that the work would never be done any cheaper. He estimates that the repairs should last for several years.

TREES—Council approved a motion to seek a grant from Consumers Energy for the purchase of 10 trees.

REPAIR—Council accepted a bid from Nortley's Garage to repair a transmission problem on a city truck. The cost was set at $3,481.

MAINTENANCE—Vanderpool said that a recent letter to the editor in the Observer from a Sand Creek resident failed to mention the large amount of work that's been done by volunteers and city workers in cleaning up streets. He also cited Mary Ferris's efforts in digging grass out of sidewalk cracks downtown.

SIDEWALKS—Vanderpool said that bids will be sought soon to complete work on sidewalk installation along the west side of Page Street. 

LIBRARY—Library director Colleen Leddy reported that 187 children registered for the summer reading program and 24 students were involved in the VolunTeen program to help with the summer events. She expressed appreciation to Morenci Bible Fellowship for use of the facility for certain programs in which attendance reached as high as 192 and included many community members.