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Hodgenville City Council heard a belated auditor’s report Monday for year ending June 30, 2012.
Susan C. Mouser, a certified public accountant with Clauson, Mouser & Co., apologized for the delay, saying her company had encountered staffing problems during the time when 30-or-so government audits had been due.
“My goal next year is to have (financials) out by Jan. 31,” she said.
The audit was conducted in a “better manner” this year than in the past, she added, calling it an “involved process” that required a lot of communication with city staff.
Financial highlights of the audit include:
Mouser found no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting.
After the auditor’s report, the council had second reading of a $1,234,950 million budget ordinance for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.
There was some controversy before the ordinance was accepted. Councilwoman Glenda Wathen had made the motion to accept, followed by a second by councilman James Phelps.
Before the matter could be voted on, councilman Alex LaRue made a motion to amend the original motion. LaRue wanted 10 percent of total revenues set aside in a contingency fund.
(LaRue said, after the meeting, his motion was classified as a subsidiary motion to “modify, defer, remove or dispose of the main motion. Subsidiary motions take precedence over main motions; they must be handled first, according to the “Simple Parliamentary Procedure” booklet available through the Cooperative Extension Service.)
After some disagreement among the members about parliamentary procedure, the council voted to defeat the original budget ordinance.
LaRue again asked for an emergency fund to be listed in the formal budget.
The “contingency” motion was then voted down after a tiebreaker vote by Mayor Terry Cruse.
Bonni Clark, LaRue and Phelps voted “yes” on LaRue’s motion; Kenny DeVore, Woodie Handley and Glenda Wathen voted “no.”
Mayor Cruse, who votes only in case of a tie, voted “no.”
The council then returned to the original ordinance to approve a budget. Clark and LaRue voted against it.
The ordinance will take effect after publication in The LaRue County Herald News.
Councilman LaRue requested the “municipal order” he had proposed in April be “carried over to next month.” LaRue is seeking more detailed financial information about the city through the ordinance.
Last month, the Council could not agree on a time for a work session to discuss the order.
Monday, after a suggestion by Mayor Cruse, the Council decided to meet one hour before its July 8 meeting for the work session. The work session would be open to the public but council members could not vote on anything discussed at the session. (Editor’s note: The Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. due to a Red Hill Cemetery Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Council meeting at 7 p.m.)
In other business:
There is a possibility of keeping the pool open on weekends through Labor Day after school resumes in August. Mayor Cruse said the City could pay staff to keep it open. The City also is helping pay for lifeguard training.
He said a 60-foot line would be added in Forresta Court, “where it left off last time.”
Chief Johnson said last month’s “Click It or Ticket” program netted three DUIs, five seatbelt citations, one felony arrest, three fugitives apprehended, two driving on suspended licenses, four no insurance, three speeding tickets, seven drug arrests or citations, four reckless drivers and five “other traffic.”