Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2009

Auditor seeks public’s suggestions on city’s efficiency

January 15, 2009


The city employee in charge of pointing out how local government can be more efficient is seeking potential topics to study.

Michael Eglinski, the city’s performance auditor, wants to hear ideas from the public on what topics he should study in 2009.

Eglinski, who has been on the job since February, prepares reports for the City Commission on how city government is performing its job.

Near the beginning of each year, Eglinski — who previously was an auditor for the city of Kansas City, Mo. — presents a list of potential study topics to the City Commission.

Citizens can submit ideas to be studied via the city’s Web site. Eglinski is accepting suggestions through March 2.

In 2008, Eglinski completed audits on how the city rates the conditions of city streets, of how the various indicators the city uses to assess its financial health, and completed work on appropriate questions to ask on a city employee survey.


spankyandcranky 9 years, 3 months ago

This is great to hear. I appreciate that someone working for the city is interested in what the residents of the city have to say. Of course, now that we've been asked oficially, nothing comes to mind immediately.

gccs14r 9 years, 3 months ago

I thought the point of hiring a professional auditor was to get someone who already knows what questions to ask. Since he's soliciting input, though, how about looking at the long-term costs of capital projects, not just the actual construction. I'd rather spend twice as much on a project up front if it then enjoys a nearly maintenance-free existence forever, rather than cutting corners in the construction phase and being bled dry trying to keep something cheap from collapsing on itself.

lawthing 9 years, 3 months ago

Create a Citizen review board, to listen and review the complaints of the citizens of Lawrence, and provide oversite of the Police Department. This would limit the liability of misconduct, because complaints could be reviewed and be addressed before it escalates into a big lawsuit.

RKLOG 9 years, 3 months ago

How about putting questions on the actual city web site, per instruction, instead of here?

John Hamm 9 years, 3 months ago

Is there something wrong with me or am I missing something?The "Auditor" wants us to tell him what to look at?! I don't know if "?" or "!" is more appropriate so I put both.Has anybody seen any reports to come out of his office? I don't recall any - or maybe people aren't supposed to see them only the commission?! (Oops, I did it again)

cowboy 9 years, 3 months ago

Dear Mr. Auditor ,Try this one on. You have earned nearly 87,000 dollars since your hire 11 months ago. How much have you saved the city thus far ?Now try this one onWhat is the budget shortfall projection for 2009 /2010 ?Take the shortfall total and cut that out of the city budget.Put in criteria for city operations that if it is not approved in the fiscal year budget don't ask / don't spend.I find this article completely offensive. This is the same tactic used by the city manager each year before the department managers come in crying they can find absolutely no savings in their departments. No more committees , no more studiesShow ME The Money !

chargdup 9 years, 3 months ago

Hawk,"Where is the information he has provided to the commission all the while he has been working?"Looks to me like he's cranking out a new study every two months or so.

Alexander Neighbors 9 years, 3 months ago

How about this step 1 get a police review board so that cases like the yellow house store. In which the police make false accusations against store owners and then get federal prosecutors Terra D morehead and Marietta Parker to prosecute the neighbors only to find the police Had no evidence that showed the neighbors were breaking any laws. Just a reminder the federal charges were dropped against the neighbors when a judge called the case against them ridicules . Only to be brought back months later.

HalsteadHawk 9 years, 3 months ago

It would be nice to know why so much street maintenance was deferred during an economic boom. Shouldn't there have been plenty of tax revenue coming in to the city? Why did they ignore one of their basic functions? It seems ridiculous that we had to pass a sales tax increase, which goes into effect in the middle of a recession, to fund something that should be a top priority and should have had plenty of funding during the boom years. Where did this money go? What was it wasted on?

jafs 9 years, 3 months ago

Amen Halstead.I suspect that money usually used for maintenance was diverted to pay for costs associated with growth, like new roads/bigger roads/etc.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

uh..... maybe quit buying so much stuff

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