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Sistersville audit lists 13 findings

By Staff | Nov 19, 2014

Sistersville Councilman Mark Klages reported to city council at their Nov. 10 meeting that the city has received their audit reports for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014.

“These are the reports everyone has been waiting for for the past couple years,” said Klages.

The audit pointed out 13 findings, which Klages described as mostly having to do with the city being a small town and having a small staff.

For example, they wanted there to be one person to send out bills, one person to receive them, and one person supervise it. “There are several findings in that audit that look like that,” said Klages.

They understand Sistersville will always have that finding because of their small staff.

“The best thing we can do is try to mitigate it through oversight, but it won’t stop us from getting that finding,” said Klages.

Another finding was a lack of paperwork based on the way the city’s accounting system is built, but that is being changed.

“At the end of the briefing we had mitigations strategies for all 13 findings and they were deemed acceptable,” said Klages. “We are not expecting any fines to come from the audit. We are expecting closer oversight.”

The city is still awaiting hard copies of the audit from the state.

Also at issue with the audits was the payment of the bills for the audit work. The city is being charged $8,000 and $11,200 for the FY 2013 and 2014 audits, respectively.

Explaining the rather high costs, Klages said, “They had to recreate and do forensic audit on a lot of the paperwork because it just didn’t exist.” said Klages.

“We have no choice on this one,” said Klages. “So I recommend paying both of these.”

Council voted unanimously to approve the expenditure. The state will allow them to do so through payments.

Council unanimously approved the Sistersville Community Service Organization’s request, made in person by Barbara Vincent, for permission to hold the Christmas parade on the first Friday night in December. It will be held Dec. 5 with lineup on Riverside Drive at 6:30 p.m. and the parade at 7 p.m.

Rev. Bill Dawson informed council of an event he put together to try to help educate about and ultimately combat the county’s drug problem. He said he realized people bemoan the situation, but little has been done to address it.

A panel discussion was to be held for the public Nov. 18, 7 p.m., in the Sistersville United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Panel members included Prosecutor Luke Furbee; Deputy Shannon Huffman; Melinda Walton of Tyler County Schools; Dr. Amanda Nichols; Emma Rucker, prevention specialist with Westbrook; Chuck Sapp, Alcoholics Anonymous; Sistersville Police Chief Rob Haught; Bill Harton, prevention specialist and concerned citizen; and other.

Also, prior to the event Haught held a workshop for all concerned citizens that would inform them about drugs-making them better abl