By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — On its way to getting caught up, the City of Coldspring finalized its audit for FY 2016 at its regular meeting on Aug. 2.
Molly Abele of the auditing firm of Axley & Rode said that it was giving an unmodified opinion, meaning there were little to no problems with the city’s finances.
Mayor Pat Eversole said that city audits were behind because of several problems over past years, but Axley & Rode has essentially done yeoman’s work getting the past-due audits completed.
Mayor Pro Tem John Benestante said that in regard to some of the operational deficiencies, he will draft policies to ensure that the city maintains proper record-keeping and retention. He also said that deficiencies will continue to appear until later audits, which will reflect any changes the city will make.
In other business, the city:
- approved a new nuisance ordinance dealing with dilapidated property or items;
- discussed fencing at the Dixie Youth Ball Park;
- approved a policy for street repair and maintenance, which states that roads will be maintained at a minimum of three times per year, and city right-of-ways will be mowed twice a year;
- tabled any action on nuisance properties until the owners have been notified under the new ordinance;
- approved an interlocal agreement with San Jacinto SUD regarding utility billing;
- tabled action on setting up a city election in 2022;
- discussed remodeling the front office of City Hall to improve security;
- discussed a clarification on the sewer ordinance regarding multiple taps per property; and
- approved a resolution requiring closing a street in the city for the annual fair and rodeo parade.