Collins gets high marks on its financial audit
Wednesday June 5, 2013 | By:Richard Westlund | News
COLLINS — Laura Landers of Freed Maxick CPAs addressed the Collins Town Board on May 20.
Landers reported about her company’s recent audit of the town of Collins finances. She explained many facets of that audit, concluding that Collins was in a “good financial shape,” with healthy fund balances. She added that she saw no material weaknesses or effective deficiencies in the town’s recordkeeping.
She thanked Collins Budget Officer Sue Gamel and Town Clerk Becky Jo Summers for their cooperation and for having records ready and in order, for the audit.
A public hearing, regarding the change of wording in the annual schedule for the board of assessment review meeting, was scheduled, for legal reasons.
With no public present to opine, the board of assessment review meeting was scheduled for “the first Wednesday after the fourth Tuesday in May of each year and thereafter, as may be necessary, to discharge its duties.”
In other matters:
– The board agreed to hire beautification workers William Robertson and Nicholas Esposito, at $9.30 per hour. In addition, Ian Giles was hired at $8.75 per hour and Rhiannon Starks was hired as an alternate, at $8.75 per hour.
– Accepted bids for surplus equipment included a gas heater for $20 from Peter Waterman and two sets of bleachers, at $40 each, from Mark Mangano. Items are sold as is and will be removed by May 31.
– Because the federal government has cut funding for the cleanup cost at West Valley Demonstration Project from the original $75 million to $50 million, which is estimated to delay completion by 20 years and increase the total cost by an extra $200 million, the Collins Board resolved that the level of funding must be stabilized for 10 years, to complete phase 1 decommissioning work, as was originally intended, “for public health and safety,” at the original $75 million.
The board directed that copies of its resolution should be sent to a several state and federal officials.
– The library hot dog roast, hosted by Erie County Legislator John Mills, will be held on June 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the library.
The next Collins Town Board meeting will be held on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. in the Collins Town Hall.