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City orders several audits

May 5, 2010

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How the city builds its new streets and maintains its old ones will be the subject of a future audit at City Hall.

City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting directed City Auditor Michael Eglinski to conduct an audit that reviews the specifications the city uses to construct new streets and maintain existing ones.

“That is always a hot topic,” Commissioner Rob Chestnut said as commissioners created a list of projects for Eglinski to work on over the next 12 months.

Eglinski had suggested the street audit for commissioners to consider because of how highly street concerns ranked on the city’s last citizen survey.

Other audits that commissioners directed Eglinski to conduct included:

• A review of how the city plans and budgets for major capital improvement projects, such as buildings, streets and major utility projects. The audit will compare the city’s planning and budgeting processes with best practices from other communities.

• An analysis of the various user fees and service charges that the city levies. The city charges a number of fees ranging from Municipal Court costs to water and sewer fees.

• A study of how the city pays vendors that provide services to the city. Eglinski said he envisions the audit reviewing the completeness and accuracy of vendor information.

Eglinski also said he will conduct a follow-up report on the financial condition of the city’s Solid Waste Division, and will complete an annual report that looks at several key financial indicators for the city.

Eglinski currently is working to complete a 2009 audit of the city’s police department. He said that audit may produce recommendations that more detailed audits on particular aspects of the department be conducted. He did not elaborate on what areas the audit may recommend for more study. He said the audit should be done in the next two months.

Commissioners said there is the possibility that they could add a police audit to his future workload.

Comments

smitty 3 years, 11 months ago

Here's the link to the original story on police audits by our , then new, auditor...circa 2008...

Today's story says.....Eglinski currently is working to complete a 2009 audit of the city’s police department..... it started by city commissions advice in May of 2008.

JW May 1, 2008

" Police administrative preliminary review. The audit will look at all administrative functions of the police department to determine whether there are specific areas of police operations that deserve a more detailed audit. Eglinski said he is aware of community discussions about whether the city should create a police advisory review board. He said the audit he's proposed will look at the way the department handles complaints, which could lead to a review of the police advisory board concept."

Two years to get a preliminary review that may require further audits?

Olin's investigation by higher legal authorities that is being handled as a personnel issue by the city manager's office have anything to do with the delays in the LPD audit?

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smitty 3 years, 11 months ago

Eglinski currently is working to complete a 2009 audit of the city’s police department. He said that audit may produce recommendations that more detailed audits on particular aspects of the department be conducted. He did not elaborate on what areas the audit may recommend for more study. He said the audit should be done in the next two months.

HHHmmmmm, the city does an audit on the LPD prior to the any of these other vital issues. Geee, golly darn, is there a problem in the LPD that needs flushing out? Does reading and acknowledging this statement make me a cop hater? Duhh, only to the ignorant sheeples and cop roaches.

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homechanger 3 years, 11 months ago

I agree with lawrenceguy. Is the auditor really doing a good job. Is the auditor really worth the 100,000 bucks he is making per year?

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lawrenceguy40 3 years, 11 months ago

The city should hire a super-auditor to audit the audit office. It would be interesting to know how accurate the audits are. Then the super-auditor should have the oversight of a super-auditor manager.

Hire more people. After all, it is free money! If they want more, just add another sales tax.

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cowboy 3 years, 11 months ago

You really don't need an auditor to tell you the obvious. Hire some talent at city hall.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 11 months ago

Hope the audit looks at the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of department heads like Chucky Soules. His ineptitude is in large part why the streets are in the condition they are in. Never one to champion the cause of appropriate ongoing maintenance and repair of streets, he was always too busy campaigning for some bs project that benefits but a few. Time to ride off into the sunset, Chucky!

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