Morenci city council 2013.11.13

A large crowd of family members attended Morenci's city council meeting Monday to witness the swearing in of a new mayor and new council members.

Mayor Bill Foster thanked previous and current council members and former mayor Keith Pennington for their dedication to the city. 

"Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work," he said. 

Foster named councilor Jeff Bell to serve as mayor pro-tempore, but said he would wait until the Nov. 25 meeting to announce department heads and make committee assignments.

DONATION—City administrator Renée Schroeder told council that an anonymous $500 donation was given to support the city's summer recreation program, adding to a $355 grant from the Lenawee United Way. If the Morenci Kiwanis Club gives a donation to the program again next year, she said, the program might return to a twice-a-week format.

Stair Public Library also received a $355 United Way grant.

Schroeder told council that her replacement, Michael Sessions, will begin training under her Nov. 18.

FIRE—Council voted to accept Robert Sedlaceck as a new member of the fire department. He comes full trained and licensed as an EMT, said fire chief Brad Lonis, and has 18 years of experience with the Riga Township department.

SIDEWALKS—No bids were received after bids were sought for a second time for sidewalk work on Page Street. Bids will be advertised again in the spring.

EQUIPMENT—The city's old backhoe was sold for $15,000 on eBay, bringing in $5,000 more than what was budgeted for the sale.

Council approved the sale of a 1980 loader tractor that's kept at the cemetery. The tractor is used only a few times a year, said city supervisor Barney Vanderpool, and he doesn't see the need to maintain equipment that's seldom used. When a loader is needed at the cemetery, a unit from the DPW garage in town can be used.

LEAVES—Vanderpool said city walkers would continue picking up leaves for at least two more weeks. Leaves should be raked into the street.

TREES—Vanderpool said his crew would soon plant 10 trees at various locations around the city. Anyone who wants a tree should call city hall to be placed on a list for future planting.

LIQUOR—Council approved a request by the Morenci Eagles for a one-day liquor license that would allow the club to sell alcohol to non-members on Nov. 27.

Private clubs are allowed by state law to schedule up to 12 events a year at which members of the public can buy alcohol, but council approval and a license must be obtained, explained Chief of Police Larry Weeks.