CASPIAN—At its regular meeting Sept. 11, the Caspian City Commission heard a report on the city’s 2012-13 audit from Scott Kenney.
During the audit presentation, Kenney notified the board of an increase in the general fund balance, which is at about $522.00.
The water fund is in good standing, and the account has evened out since the water project was completed.
Kenney suggested that the board watch the account because although a water increase is not needed now, it will be needed in a few years.
GEI Consultants notified the board about the the stormwater, asset management, and wastewater program (SAW) grant and what it could mean for the city if it is received.
If awarded, the grant could help with storm water and sewer lines that are over 20 years old. The first step of the program is to create an asset management plan.
The commission voted to support the promotion and development of the U.P. route for the Belle Isle to Ironwood trail.
A motion was made by Commissioner Mark Stauber to adjourn the regular meeting to go into executive session regarding the generator issue. The board then voted to have City Attorney Steve Polich write a letter regarding the generator and to handle the problem from this point on.
In other business:
--Mayor Gary Sabol reported that Terry Post has been appointed police chief and his hours had been increased from 29 to 40 hours, including a pay increase.
--Commissioner Tony Dallavalle asked City Manager John Stokoski if he had heard anything from Michigan Works. Stokoski said has a good feeling that the office would be staying in Caspian.
--The board voted to accept the disbursements of $174,489.
--During public comment, a resident spoke about how he was treated when he paid his water bill.
--Dallavalle stated that the board should take Kenney’s advice regarding changing the board members’ payments from accounts payable to payroll. Sabol said the issue would be tabled and placed on next month’s agenda.