By DAVID GREEN
Morenci city hall positions will undergo some realignment following the pending resignation of Diane Varga.
City council members voted May 18 to accept her resignation, with June 6 listed as her final day on the job. Varga worked in city hall for more than 15 years.
City administrator/clerk Michael Sessions presented council with revised job descriptions for the city treasurer/utility clerk, the accounts payable/payroll clerk and the deputy clerk. Sessions hopes to fill the deputy clerk position at the June 8 council meeting.
He’s suggesting that payroll functions return to the treasurer and that the accounts payable/payroll clerk handle bank reconciliations. The accounts payable person is now also handling the chore of transferring cemetery records from paper to an electronic format, and keeping track of rental inspection records.
Sessions intends for the deputy clerk to take care of day-to-day utility billing transactions.
Each of the three positions will be trained to handle the administration of absentee ballots.
HEARINGS—Council scheduled two public hearings regarding Kamco Industries, the firm that is moving into the former Palm Plastics building.
One hearing is required in order for Kamco to use CDBG funds for job training. The other relates to the company’s request for a tax abatement.
The standard 12-year abatement would cut the company’s taxes by 50 percent on an investment of $1.5 million. Kamco lists construction costs of $450,000; mechanical upgrades costing $250,000; electrical upgrades costing $150,000; and miscellaneous expenses of $650,000.
During the first year of the abatement, Kamco would save $4,769.
MOWER—A bid of $4,500 from Bill’s Service was accepted for the purchase of a new Ferris lawn mower.
CONTRACTS—Fire protection contracts were approved for Medina Township ($22,354), Seneca Township ($39,148) and Chesterfield Township ($18,400).
PATROL CAR—The city’s old patrol vehicle will be kept for use by city employees. Sessions expects the vehicle to be used mostly by city hall staff for code enforcement. A log will be maintained to keep track of usage and a review will follow after a year.
OUTSTANDING—Morenci Fire Department member Tim Newsom was introduced to city council members by chief Brad Lonis. Newsom recently completed 300 hours of classroom and practical training through the Lenawee County Fire School and earned the Outstanding Student Award.