Mannsville town trustees met during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
The meeting kicked off with a dispute initiated by Trustee Garry Glidewell regarding the recorded votes from a previous meeting on the board’s decision not to hire a CPA for an audit of the previous year’s financial records. The Ardmoreite previously reported that the board voted 2-1 against initiating the audit, yet the minutes provided during the meeting represented all members voting down the issue.
“Someone might have made a mistake,” Glidewell said. “Maybe it was me.”
The meeting quickly transitioned into the issue of paying for the state conducted audit, an item listed twice on the “City Council” agenda and once on the Mannsville Public Works Authority agenda, with the MPWA meeting immediately following the trustee meeting.
“We should wait until Mr. (Craig) Ladd makes a decision on the audit,” Mayor Don Colbert said. “We need to discuss if we legally have to do that (pay for the audit).”
Attending citizens continually interrupted the meeting offering feedback, suggestions and, in some cases, advice as to the procedural processes at hand.
One citizen asked about an increase in the town’s water rates, rates that have already gone into effect with the intention of paying for the state conducted audit. Citizens questioned the current use of the revenues generated from the increase. Town treasurer Shonda Barnes engaged with the citizen, attempting to explain that the increase would be used to pay for the state’s audit, but disengaged after the exchange became heated. The question revolved around how the funds were being collected and if they were being used for other town purchases. Barnes’ answer implied that the funds were not being separated and were going into the general revenue fund.
A motion was made by Glidewell to conduct audits for “enough years to comply with the law,” which members of the board seemed to agree with, but it was unclear if the motion was passed, tabled or lumped in with other discussions regarding audits.
After the meeting, Colbert said he felt it was “too late for this year, but we may be able to do an audit next year.”
Trustees were also asked to decide on a 99-year lease on an alleyway in the town, requested by the owner of adjacent property. However, the property owner is a recently-hired employee so questions of conflict of interest arose. The board decided to table the issue until the contract could be reworded for a much shorter term.
Citizens interrupted the meeting to inquire about a previously tabled issue — the placement of a home on the town’s abatement list. Colbert made a motion to remove the property from the list during the new business portion of the meeting. The motion was seconded and approved with little discussion from the board.