Council Briefed on Audit of City Finances

The City Council held its monthly meeting on July 9 and was briefed on the audit of the city’s finances for fiscal year 2017. Administrative matters were also addressed, including code enforcement and scheduling of workshops on the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Mayor Russell Hammonds and all the council members, except Znobia Wootan, were present: Steve Couey, Preston McDonald, Jr., Michael Miller and Olan Raley.
Keith Neffendorf, accompanied by Tracie Neffendorf, reviewed the audit of the city’s finances for the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2017. The Neffendorfs are with the Certified Public Accountants firm of Neffendorf and Knopp, P.C., in Fredericksburg. After providing an extensive review of the audit, Keith advised that the city’s finances received a “clean and unqualified position” and were in excellent financial condition. He complimented City Secretary Garvene Adams for the city’s cooperation in preparing the audit and for the city’s sound financial condition.
During the review of departmental reports, this reporter asked if it was correct that a formal and written complaint alleging a violation of a city code was no longer required for the code enforcement officer to take action. Mayor Hammonds advised that this subject was currently under review, and he would be discussing the matter further with Chief of Police Rudy Supak before any change would be made. If a change is made, it will be stated in writing. Afterward, Chief Supak advised that, although not required, residents are encouraged to bring problem areas to the city’s attention.
Public Works Director Gary Bundick reported that work on the new water line on North Llano Street is 99 percent complete. He estimated that repaving of the street should be completed within the next two to three months.
Connie Booth, with the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce, provided an update on Chamber activities, including the recent July 4th fireworks display.
The council scheduled the following dates for workshops on the city’s fiscal year 2019 budget, which begins on October 1, 2018: July 26 and August 9 and 23. The workshops will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the City Meeting Room at 102 N. 5th Street.
Financial reports, the payment of bills, and the minutes of a prior meeting were approved by the council.
The City Council’s monthly meetings, which begin at 5:30 p.m., are held on the second Monday of each month in the aforementioned City Meeting Room. Meetings are open to the public.

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