2017-07-17 / Front Page

Audit: city finances are sound

By Steven Kovac
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


Mike Vislosky of the Brown City DPW grasps one of the large shut-off valves in the city’s pump house number three. The city operates two wells. Well number three (wells one and two were shut-down in 1968) located in the shadow of the 180-foot water tower is 327 feet deep. When filled, the water tower holds 180,000 gallons. 
Photo by Steven Kovac Mike Vislosky of the Brown City DPW grasps one of the large shut-off valves in the city’s pump house number three. The city operates two wells. Well number three (wells one and two were shut-down in 1968) located in the shadow of the 180-foot water tower is 327 feet deep. When filled, the water tower holds 180,000 gallons. Photo by Steven Kovac BROWN CITY — Veteran auditor Lehn L. King, of the Marlette accounting firm of King & King CPAs has given the city’s finances a clean bill of health.

King appeared before council July 10 to present a summary of the annual audit report.

“The audit went well,” said King. “It necessitated no formal comments or recommendations. We found the city’s books to be in order, and can say the city is in good financial condition.”

The report showed what King called “a good healthy general fund balance of $873,934.”

Total revenues were $806,251.

According to the report, the three largest sources of revenue for the city were property taxes of $319,696, rental income and franchise fees of $190,904, and state shared revenue of $144,497.

The city posted expenditures totaling $706,136.

The largest expenditures were for general government at $270,000, public works at $205,485, and public safety at $177,436.

In other business:

• City Manager Clint Holmes informed council that the inside of the city’s water tower is scheduled for inspection and cleaning.

“The DPW will begin emptying the water tower on July 18. While the tower is shut down, pumps will be programmed to operate as necessary to maintain water pressure throughout the city until the water tower comes back on line. Barring any power outages, we should be fine,” said Holmes.

The process is expected to take no more than a couple of days.

Community activist Frank Fiorello asked council if he could organize a car show and cruise night to take place every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer.

The proposed event would center around the La Fonda Restaurant on the northwest corner of Main and St. Marys streets.

Several citizens in attendance spoke in favor of the car show and cruise night stating it would be a great activity for downtown on a summer evening.

One Main Street resident said he’d prefer the cruise to take place on a weekend so as not to disturb people who go to bed early so they can get up early for work the next day.

Council had no objection to Fiorello’s proposal.

Fiorello told The Brown City Banner that the first car show and cruise night could begin as early as July 13 or 20.

Amber Brown of Third Street asked council to install ‘Deaf Child at Play’ signs on her street for the safety of her hearing-impaired son.

• Council agreed to remove the existing signs from McMorran Street where they are no longer needed, and install them on East Third Street.

• Holmes announced that the rebuilding and resurfacing of Lincoln Street would begin on Monday, July 17.

Council previously stated that they would like to see the project completed before school starts or as soon thereafter as possible.

Robert Jacobson was appointed to the planning commission to replace Jo Ann Potts who resigned. Jacobson will serve out Potts’s term which expires Dec. 31.

Council took under consideration a toughening of the existing fireworks ordinance, and the tubing and covering of part of an open county drain to the north of school property. No actions were taken pending the receipt of further information.

Residents are reminded that, per city ordinance, the grass of their lawns cannot be allowed to exceed eight inches in height.

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