Council hears audit report
By Zach Anderson
The Starbuck City Council received a positive audit report from Jim Gilman of Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing at its meeting Monday evening.
Gilman said that the city enterprise funds are doing well, with Hobo Park continuing to make money.
“It produces a lot of resources for the community,” Gilman said of Hobo Park.
Between all of the enterprise funds; water, sewer, garbage, storm sewer and Hobo Park, Gilman said that the city has a positive operating income.
He commended the city on making significant strides in its debt position.
Council member Mark Thompson asked Gilman what a recommended fund balance for cities of Starbuck’s size would be.
Gilman stated that the general goal is to have six months of operating expenses in the general fund and Starbuck currently is exceeding that by a small margin, it was stated.
In other action, the council:
• Heard from Nick Koos of Widseth Smith Nolting that the 5th and John Street project plans and specs are finished. He said after the final assessment hearing on Wednesday evening that the drawings can be approved.
• Water/Wastewater Superintendent Randy Peterson told the council that most of the docks have been put into the marina, with four in need of repair. He stated that ice had destroyed a few but the city has spares.
Peterson also informed the council that there were a lot of weeds on the beach and Mike Erickson removed them.
• City Clerk Andrew Langholz informed the council that he will be soliciting bids for about 210 feet of docking to use as a trial basis before buying large stretches of new docks. Langholz will bring bids to the May meeting.
• Held a discussion on the donation of a crew cab 1000 Ranger vehicle for fire calls from the fire department relief association.
The council decided to table the discussion and invite members of the fire department to the May meeting for their input.
Council members were concerned about who would pay for repairs if the vehicle was owned by the city.
• Heard Police Chief Mitch Johnsrud swear in new part-time police officer Kyle Brundage.
• Approved PERA benefits for part-time police officer Kyle Brundage.
• Approved a permit to sell plants, flowers and baskets to Steve Espelien.
• Approved a liquor license for the Starbuck Fire Department for the Heritage Days street dance.