Morenci city council 2012.06.13

Written by David Green.

The City of Morenci’s financial records will soon be tied together into one coherent system following a vote of city council members Monday.

Council approved the purchase of Financial Management Systems Software produced by BS&A of Bath, Mich.

City treasurer Crystal White explained that the software will tie together all of the city’s financial needs, from general accounting to payroll to utility billing. Two separate software systems are currently used.

The software will benefit city hall employees, said city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder, but it will also bring improved services to residents.

The new system will allow customers to pay utility bills with a credit card, White said, and will print out a receipt for any financial transaction.

The software will be accessible from any computer at city hall and can be customized for the city’s use. For example, White said, if the library needed special accounting, BS&A would handle the changes.

The program will allow data from water bills and tax statements to be entered automatically via a scanner rather than manually entering data. Another advantage, White said, is the automatic calculation of employees’ vacation time, with information appearing on each paycheck.

The software costs nearly $30,000 and will be paid over a three-year period. There will be no charge for support from BS&A for the first year, and the cost of subsequent years is about half of what the city currently pays for support of its existing software.

DISASTER—Building inspector Kevin Arquette recently attended a workshop about damage assessment following a disaster. 

“There’s a lot more to it than I realized,” he told council, adding that studying the situation that followed the tornadoes in Dexter really opened his eyes regarding preparation for a disaster.

POLICE—Former Morenci officer Ron Borck was hired as a part-time police officer. Borck’s recent employment situation changed which made him available for work with the Morenci squad.

WESTON ROAD—Council approved a contract with the county road commission to overlay the section of Weston Road that’s part of the city.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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