Kempner lauded for 2010-11 audit
At last week’s Kempner City Council meeting, Preston Singleton presented the city of Kempner’s fiscal year 2010-11 audit.
“This is a great audit,” Singleton said. “The city is in excellent financial condition, and I commend the council and the city staff for good city management.”
The audit report showed that revenues for all city departments totaled approximately $288,000, and total expenditures were $177,000 for regular city operations. At the end of the fiscal year, the ending balance for all funds was about $353,000.
“This is an increase of $61,000 from the previous fiscal year,” the auditor said.
A transfer of $50,201 was made to cover the first-year payment on tax notes used for construction of the new City Hall.
Singleton said a governmental entity should have enough in the general fund to operate the city for three to six months, even if no revenues were received.
“The city has enough funds to operate up to 15 months and is another indication that Kempner is in excellent financial condition,” he said.
The auditor said he did not find any specific deficiencies in city operations, and he made only one recommendation. Singleton said the city needs to adopt a more up-todate recordkeeping system due to the growth of Kempner and the various departments and different funds utilized by the city.
“The city is solid and sound, and is in compliance with all rules, laws and regulations,” Singleton said.
In regard to the independent auditor’s recommendation, City Auditor Jack Clark addressed the council.
“You are now officially a city as you have debt and a city park, and a new records system is needed,” he said.
Clark said he would work with the city secretary to develop a new system, which a computer program might help set up.
Mayor Pro Tem Paul Cook inquired whether a new recordkeeping system would make it more difficult for the city to develop its annual budget.
Clark said it would actually make it easier for the council to go through the budget process.
In other business, Mayor Gene Isenhour introduced Delores Goode, the new Kempner Water Supply Corp. general manager. Also attending the council meeting was Rex Hooten, who sits on the corporation’s board of directors.
Ms. Goode said she looks forward to meeting the council members individually, and she encouraged them to attend KWSC meetings.
“I am glad to report that the water system made it through last year’s record drought without any major problems,” she said. “We did not have to use the lower water intake even with low lake levels.”
Isenhour commended the water system for its assistance to the city. He mentioned that KWSC provided water to the city park at half the normal cost.
“It is also good that Rex Hooten, a former Kempner City Council member, is now on the system’s board of directors,” the mayor said.
In other business, Isenhour read a letter from the City Hall project engineer concerning building repairs that surfaced after recent rains. Problems included roof leaks, cracking plaster, and doors that were stuck or difficult to open and shut.
Some concern was expressed that the concrete slab might have settled. The engineer reported, however, that after a through check, the slab remains level, and the problems were caused by lumber shrinkage.
He added that under the one-year warranty, the general contractor would correct all the deficiencies in the building.
Also, Isenhour said two new signs have been installed at Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park. One states that land for the park was donated by Walter and Jeanette Prugh, and the other states the length of the hiking trail.
The mayor added that park attendance continues to grow, and he said on Easter Sunday the parking lot was full, with some cars parked outside the entrance on the highway right of way.
Kempner City Council will meet April 24 at 7 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.