Board of Aldermen hears results of recent audit, vacates portion of alley

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

During the Concordia Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, board members received welcome news from a recent audit of the city’s finances from Concordia CPA Randall Fiene. The audit was for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018, and included financial statements of the government activities, the business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the city.

“First, let me say congratulations on receiving an unmodified, or clean, audit,” Fiene started. After reviewing several specific areas of the audit, Fiene noted he was particularly impressed with internal control structures with the city’s administration.

“I completed an evaluation of the internal control structures of the city and found they are monitored closely and that budgeting practices are very well structured,” he said. “And let me add that I was impressed with the administrative staff. They were all very cooperative and very responsive to any request I had. It was a pleasure dealing with each one.”

In closing, Fiene said he found no non-compliance issues and no deficiencies during the audit. Alderman Ken Fuchs said he would also like to recognize City Administrator Dale Klussman and City Treasurer Carol Mueller on continuing to do a very good job related to the budget.

In related actions, the board voted unanimously to accept the audit and to approve payment of $6,500 to Fiene for professional audit services rendered.

In other business, the board approved an ordinance vacating a portion of the alley located between the 400 block of SW 8th Street and the 400 block of SW 7th Street Terrace. The portion of the alley being vacated will allow properties on either side of the alley, owned by Robert A. and Karen Y. Hemme, to connect. The landowner also agrees to provide a 15-foot ingress/egress and utility easement to replace the 12.80-foot portion vacated by the city. The easement will provide access to existing utilities following the combining of the two lots. It was noted that Mr. Hemme paid for documents related to the request.

The board also unanimously approved an ordinance setting a policy for spreading ashes after cremation and burials on city property. The policy states the Board of Aldermen has determined that the city of Concordia shall not grant permission for spreading of ashes or grant to bury any remains at or on any properties owned by the city of Concordia. The policy also states the city reserves the right to dispose of the remains of animals at a designated location on city property so long as proper standards for burial are adhered to.

During his report to the board, Concordia Mayor Michael Brown commended street crews for their work clearing the streets following the recent winter storm, which included some 12 inches of heavy, wet snow.

“I also want to say a very special thank you to the citizens of Concordia for getting trees and branches out of the roads and generally helping with the overall cleanup,” Brown said. “You just can’t beat good, active citizens. I saw people helping others all over town. I really appreciate seeing that.”

In other action, the board:

—approved appointment of Ernest Meyers and James Lynn as Lake Warden at Edwin A. Pape Lake, giving both the authority to enforce rules and regulations related to fishing and hunting at the lake.

—accepted a bid of $800 from Rick Hicks Tree Service (Gary Wheeler) for tree trimming/topping and removal of dead and broken limbs, including cleaning up and hauling away, of trees outside of the Concordia Community Center.

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