A recent audit conducted by Mitchell, Emert & Hill found the city of Charleston to be in good financial standing for the 2012 fiscal year.
Senior auditor Gary Mitchell gave a brief overview of the information during Tuesday night’s monthly session of the Charleston City Comm-ission.
“The report is an unqualified opinion, which means it is a clean audit opinion, which is a good thing,” Mitchell said. “... The unassigned general fund balance at the end of 2012 which was $186,000 is approximately 43 percent of the general fund expenditures.”
University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service recommends the general fund balance be at least in excess of 25 percent of your general fund expenditures, “To help [Charleston] cover any kind of rainy day situations [the city] may encounter.”
The commission was once again reminded to consider increasing the number of people involved in signing checks for the city.
Mayor Walter Goode explained the reason checks are predominately signed by the city manager and city clerk is because the commission is smaller. Sometimes he and the commissioners, Donna McDermott and Frankie McCartney, are out of town or at work.
McCartney attended his first meeting as a commissioner Tuesday night.
“[The first meeting] was great. It went a lot better than I thought it would,” McCartney said. “I thought I would freeze up, but everything was fine.”
The first meeting was an opportunity for McCartney to sit back and observe the proceedings. The new commissioner hopes to “add a bit of character and input to the city of Charleston.”
Discussion focused on what could be done with the building once used for a Dollar General.
McDermott suggested looking into grants to use the building as an education center.
McCartney proposed using the same building to house the increasing number of strays found in the city since animal control stopped picking up dogs and cats outside the Cleveland city limits.
Goode said Charleston is not the only one dealing with the problem of increased strays in Bradley County.
Other news discussed at the commission meeting included:
- Signing a new contract with the Bradley County Fire and Rescue. Goode tabled the discussion pending further talks between Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis, Goode and Fire Chief Troy Maney. The commission passed a motion allowing Goode to make a decision on the contract.
- Playground equipment has been purchased and is predicted to arrive by the week of September 16.
- Police Chief Hank Hayden said increased activity has been seen along the Charleston-Bradley County border. He reported his two officers have done a good job responding to the burglary calls.
- The Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society will meet Sunday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Hiwassee Heritage Center in Charleston.