Due to personnel matters that are subject to confidentiality, Morenci City Council voted at their special meeting on September 14 to remove Officer Don Thompson from his position as Chief of Police.  With the presence of legal counsel, City Council deliberated for nearly three hours during the closed session that Officer Thompson requested. Following closed session, a motion was made and supported to demote Officer Thompson to road patrol, maintain his seniority with the City of Morenci, and complete human resource and communication training. The motion was amended to include Officer Thompson releasing the City of Morenci from any liability per the advice of both parties’ legal counsel. The amended motion passed 6-1. Meeting minutes will be posted to the website when they are completed. Deputy Chief Michael Creswell has been appointed to serve as interim Chief of Police moving forward.
​Morenci City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, September 11, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the City of Morenci Offices, 118 Orchard St. Morenci, MI 49256.
Mill St. will be closed on Wednesday, September 13, and potentially Thursday, September 14, while the Morenci Fire Department conducts their yearly hose testing.
The City of Morenci is seeking applicants for one open seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. ZBA members serve 3-year terms. Individuals interested are asked to send a Letter of Intent to City Hall by Monday, September 25, 2023.
​The City of Morenci is providing a dumpster for bulky item dumping on Saturday, October 14, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the DPW facility located at 597 W. Chestnut St. (behind Wakefield Park).   City of Morenci residents may dispose of up to two bulky items per primary household. Check in will occur with a DPW laborer prior to dumping bulky items. Only one trip is allowed per primary household and the bulky items must have been generated from that residence. Violators will be turned away and IDs will be verified and recorded. This service is free of charge and no transportation is provided.
The Finance & Legal Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the City of Morenci Offices, 118 Orchard Street, Morenci, MI 49256.
​Morenci City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 11, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 118 Orchard St. Morenci, MI.   Meeting Agenda & Council Packet - coming soon
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The Stephenson Park public meeting, held on July 31 at Stair District Library, saw a significant turnout of both local residents and city leadership. The purpose of this gathering was to facilitate community engagement as part of the concept design phase of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Spark Grant project. Landscape Architect Lisa DuRussel and Community and Economic Development Director Heather Sarnac led the session, providing attendees with insights into the grant funding guidelines, design inspiration renderings, and the opportunity to provide feedback. The feedback gathered during the event will help to inform the detailed design of the park, which is currently in schematic design stage.   Once the design documents and bid specifications receive approval from the MDNR, they will be put out for bidding, a process expected to occur during the winter months. The review and selection of contractors will also be subject to MDNR approval, which is slated to be finalized in spring 2024.  The construction phase of the project is set to begin in spring 2024, with an anticipated completion date spring of 2025. These developments mark a significant step forward in the enhancement and revitalization of Stephenson Park, a project eagerly awaited by both the local community and city leadership.   Stephenson Park design renderings are currently on display at City Hall and available to view here​.
Morenci Monthly Newsletters are being mailed out in water bills next week. Our digital version, which contains additional updates, photos, and helpful links, was emailed to subscribers today. Read it here​.  If you would like to sign up to receive Morenci Monthly in your email beginning in October, click here.
The 2nd Annual Morenci Fall Fest, hosted by the Morenci Downtown Development Authority, is coming to Main Street on Saturday, October 7th! This free event features live music performances, engaging family activities, and opportunities to shop seasonal vendors. Local restaurants and food trucks will have festive menus for your dinner plans.  Vendor booths will be open 4:00-7:00 p.m. and will feature goods from local merchants, festive activities with community organizations, and attractions for visitors of all ages.   Live music will take place at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. in the downtown area.  The Morenci DDA offers the opportunity for partnership with businesses and organizations whether by sponsoring a band performance or attraction booth, or through a monetary donation to cover budgeted expenses. Sponsors are offered a booth at the Fall Fest and will be recognized on displays, as well as in the Morenci monthly newsletter, social media, and during announcements at the event.​  Click here for more information on sponsorship.   Local clubs and organizations can reserve a booth space—free of charge—with an activity for guests to enjoy and to pass out information about the organization. Businesses, artisans, bakers, and farmers are invited to sell their goods with a small fee for booth space reservation or included with a sponsorship. Morenci DDA reserves the right to accept or reject applicants based on the appropriate mixture and number of booths available.​ Click here for the vendor application.   Follow along on our Facebook event for all announcements and updates.
In observance of Labor Day, the City of Morenci offices will be closed on Monday, September 4. Modern Waste Systems refuse pick-up is delayed to Thursday, September 7, due to the holiday.
​The Department of Public Works will spray for mosquitoes on Wednesday, August 30, beginning at 10:00 PM. If you would like spraying halted when the truck drives by your residence, please contact City Hall at (517)458-6828.
The 911 system is currently down in the Morenci area. In the event of an emergency, please call Morenci EMS (517)458-7098, Morenci Fire Department (517)458-2301, or Lenawee County Dispatch (517)263-0524 ext. 0​​
Planning Commission Special Meeting 9/11/2023
 Building Standards Ordinance   The Morenci Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on September 11, 2023 at the City of Morenci Offices, 118 Orchard Street, Morenci, MI 49256, at 7:00pm, local time, to consider an amendment to Chapter 22 of the Morenci Code of Ordinances as it pertains to building standards within the C-2 zoning district.
​Morenci City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at the City of Morenci Offices, 118 Orchard St. Morenci, MI 49256.