Katie Cox appointed to city council 2015.05.13

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council has a new member, and probably the youngest one ever. Nineteen-year-old Katie Cox was appointed Monday to fill a vacancy until the November election.

Cox is one of five people who expressed an interest in serving and she’s the one recommended by mayor Bill Foster. She will also appear on the November ballot as a candidate for a four-year term.

Cox is a college student pursuing a degree in social work. She said that she has an interest in government and a desire to learn how local government works.

“I really appreciate the newer generation getting involved,” Mayor Foster said.

Others who wrote letters of interest in serving are Denise Walsh, Becky Miller, Keith Pennington and Peggy Decker.

ALS—Council voted to leave the special assessment for ambulance service at the current rate of $99.83 per household. This will bring in revenue of $96,435.

DPW—Robert Mohr and Kenneth Bernath were hired to join Josh Bentley as part-time grass mowing workers. The men will work no more than 20 hours a week at a rate of $9 an hour.

KNOX BOX—Fire chief Brad Lonis told council that meeting at 7 p.m. May 19 at the fire station to explain the Knox Box program to business owners. The system can prevent the damage caused by a forced entry into a building.

Lonis said the department received a grant to buy an automatic defibrillator through ProMedica.

He also thanked council for allowing the department to use the former recycling center as a training building for the past seven months. The building is a perfect training facility during cold weather, he said.