Morenci's new mayor Jeff Bell spoke at the Dec. 14 council meeting about a few of the city's highlights from 2015.
Passage of Stair District Library's millage topped his list, along with the purchase of a new police department vehicle, and the re-surfacing of Main Street. Bell noted a 15 percent increase in the City's fund balance, removal of the brush pile at the DPW building, and continuing improvement of the condition of Oak Grove Cemetery.
Bell also mentioned the new arrangement for leaf collection by a private firm and the return of brush collection starting in the spring. He was pleased with the successful presentation of the city council member orientation series that also served as a Citizen Academy for interested residents.
"I'm looking forward to 2016 becoming as productive as this year," Bell said.
DDA—Council voted to release the attorney/client privilege regarding communication from city attorney Fred Lucas in response to an offer of the donation of land. This enabled Morenci Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to read the legal opinion since the land offer was directed to the DDA.
Keith Pennington wrote about an offer to donate undeveloped land that he owns at the corner of North and Locust streets to the DDA in hopes that it would have success in developing the property.
Lucas was not in favor of the transaction as outlined by Pennington and the DDA later decided against the offer.