McCOOK, Nebraska -- CPA firm, Almquist Maltzahn Galloway & Luth of Grand Island has completed a financial audit of the city's fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010. In the report the firm lists 17 recommendations for city staff to consider, among them were recommendations to implement a water tap fee; a fire call service fee; a review of operations of the city pool for possible revenue increases; and a review of the gas franchise fee for possible increases.
Representatives of the accountant firm will be present for questioning, Monday evening, during the McCook City Council's semi-monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m., at council chambers.
Council will receive and file the city's financial report for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2010, as well as the financial audit.
The municipal facilities contract between the city and architect firm, Prochaska & Associates of Omaha, will be presented for the mayor to sign. City staff has recommended approval of the $5,218,200 contract that anticipates a July 2011, construction start date and September 2012, substantial completion date. Representatives of the firm will be at the meeting to update council members on activities and future steps of the project.
City staff will also recommend approval of a resolution for the formation of the City of McCook Leasing Corporation, which is a necessary step in the bond issuance process and funding of the new municipal facility.
Public hearings are scheduled to discuss a zoning ordinance change that would allow individual domestic wind turbines in the agricultural district and a special exception request from Hancock Gravel & Ready-Mix Inc.
The gravel operation is seeking a special exception to expand their operation on Road 714 onto property owned by Sid and Susan Doak. The expansion is not anticipated to lengthen hours of operation, noise or traffic beyond what is presently occurring, according to the request.
Council members will review a report detailing application materials that the city is filing on behalf of the McCook Housing Agency. City staff has submitted a grant application for the agency to assist with funding needed to rehabilitate the former East Ward School site. The East Ward Village project is an approximate four million dollar, 27 unit housing project, with 15 of the units to be located in the East Ward building after renovation and an additional 12 units built on the former playground.
Other items on the consent agenda:
* The 2010 maintenance agreement between the city and the Nebraska Department of Roads will be presented for the mayor to sign. The document certifies that all roadway surface maintenance has been accomplished as per terms of the maintenance agreement between the two entities.
* Council will receive and file the city's financial report for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2010, as well as a financial audit performed by CPA firm, Almquist Maltzahn Galloway & Luth of Grand Island.
* An ordinance will be presented that authorizes the sale of a city owned lot to the McCook Housing agency for $15,025. The lot to be sold is a portion of the property the city acquired from Merilyn Schaffer and Eileen Hubert.
* Membership requirements for the Loan Committee will be clarified, per the McCook Economic Development Plan, via an introduced ordinance.
* The third and final reading of an ordinance change that will give permanent status to existing stick built homes, in business commercial and light industrial zone, will be presented. The change will also remove some residential improvement restrictions that were previously in place in those zones.