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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Morenci city council 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci CPA Philip Rubley is pleased with the city’s financial position and he commended new treasurer Crystal White for her work.

During the annual city audit report Monday, Rubley noted that the city continues to show improvement.

“Over the last few years, you’ve done nothing but improve your position,” he said. 

The city is now able to meet his recommendation of maintaining cash reserves to cover at least three months of operation.

Rubley pointed toward the general fund as an indication of the improvement. Revenue exceeded expenditures by $39,202, increasing the general fund balance at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2011) to $306,414.

“All funds are in good shape and all are meeting their function,” Rubley said.

He singled out the EMS budget as a highlight, noting that the fund finally has some cash flow. The fund showed an excess of $26,000 at the end of the fiscal year.

Rubley said the audit was marred by one deficit, but it wasn’t the city’s fault. The capital projects fund was $10,700 at the end of the year because a payment from the state had not yet arrived for the parking lot project.

Rubley noted that White was late in completing some bank reconciliations, but he said the treasurer was new to the position and had a lot to learn. In the current fiscal year, she work is on time.

“I think Crystal did a very good job,” he said,  adding that he was impressed with her success in obtaining payment for some overdue accounts.

Total debt stands at $1.18 million. The largest portion, $775,000, is from the downtown streetscape project which should be paid off in 2018. 

Rubley concluded his audit report by telling council that city government is holding its own during tough times.

“I’m very pleased with it,” he said.

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