Morenci city council audit report 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Accountant Philip Rubley gave Morenci city council a positive report on city finances last month when he presented the annual city audit. Rubley was pleased with the city's accounting practices and also with the city's improving finances.

"It's a pretty good report," Rubley said. "There's nothing I'm overly concerned about. The City reduced debt by over $339,000 last year which is very, very good, and your equity position continues to go up."

For the year ending June 30, 2012, Rubley noted that the general fund had a deficit of $144,391 that was easily covered by the carryover from the previous year, leaving the fund balance at $162,023. He would like to see the fund balance move back over the $300,000 mark.

The deficit was incurred from the parking lot project, he said, that required a 22 percent local match to go along with the federal grant. The project also reduced the carryover in the local streets fund to under $1,000.

The money is there to spend on local street projects, Rubley said, but council needs to remain aware of the balance and work to transfer in funds from the major street fund as allowed by law.

Rubley cautioned council to watch the EMS funding since the fund balance dropped by $40,000. He said to remain aware of the EMS account in regard to how much of the expenses can be controlled and how much is lost in uncollected revenue.

The Town and Country Festival fund showed a debt of $1,601, but city treasurer Crystal White explained that funding came in after the audit was performed and there's actually nearly $7,000 saved in the account.

Rubley said the city's new accounting software will give an accurate look at expenses throughout the year. He reminded council that budget adjustments can be made after it's approved and the budget can even be increased as along as it doesn't put the city into a deficit position.

PLANNERS—Lowell Oberhaus was appointed to the planning commission, but additional members are still needed. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact city hall.

RADIOS—Council approved the purchase of narrow-band radios for the police department and Morenci Area EMS.

REHAB—Council continued discussion about a Community Rehabilitation District. Councilor Brenda Spiess suggested using the existing Downtown Development Area (DDA) boundaries. If council decides to include any aesthetic principles for future remodeling or constructions, Spiess said, everyone within the DDA should first be notified in the letter that will be sent about the proposal.

Council will review aesthetic details in effect in other communities for ideas to consider.

SALISBURY BUILDING—During a discussion about the Economic Development Corporation's offer to sell the former M&S Manufacturing building to the city, Spiess said she was favoring the option, but wants to know more about environmental issues that could effect the future use of the property.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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