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Shafer City Council briefs...
Shafer City Council met March 16 for a regular meeting. All members were present except city attorney James Monge.
With no public hearings, the council heard from Dennis Oberloh of Oberloh & Oberloh. Oberloh is the auditor the city uses and he was presenting the results of the last year’s audit. Oberloh told the council his audit’s opinion had an adverse report on gap reporting as is every year. Oberloh did add that it was their opinion the financials of the city were clean.
Oberloh told the council the audit found two internal issues that were of concern. Currently Oberloh & Oberloh prepare the financial statement which Oberloh said is usually done by management of the city. Secondly, due to the few employees, the city can not perform accurate audits itself. Both issues are present every year but Oberloh said he has to put it in his report.
Oberloh then told the council the general fund revenues experienced a 10.9 percent increase or $71,878 from $656,836 to $728,714. Expenditures dropped from $637,564 to $560,323 or 12.1 percent. Oberloh noted the largest decrease was in public works to the tune of $87,228.
Oberloh told the council the general fund balance increased by $168,391. The state recommends a fund balance of 35 to 50 percent or five months of operating expenses. Shafer has 106 percent or $778,714.
Oberloh told the council the cash balance on the water utility fund is $338,312, and the sewer fund cash balance is $502,054. The cash balance of the storm sewer utility is around $6,000.
The council passed a motion to accept the audit and thanked Oberloh for his work and time.
The council then briefly discussed events for the year including Shafer Days and National Night Out. They agreed to wait until the events committee meets in a week to see their recommendation.
City engineer Lucas Jones told the council he will have water tower coating bids at the next public works meeting. Jones also said the new city maps were complete and should be delivered soon.
In the public works report, maintenance supervisor Dan Cooper told the council he had a bid for surge suppressor for two of the well houses. The meters burned out on March 1 after a power outage was restored. The council agreed they would like to see what the bid entails before passing a motion to purchase.
City Clerk Joan Ciesler told the council inspector Jack Kramer is back to inspecting. Seven letters have already been sent to residents violating various codes.
The council adjourned at 7:56 pm.