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Kanab City audit shows weaknesses
In the Kanab City Council’s work meeting Tuesday night, City Manager Duane Huffman presented the council with an overview of Kanab’s various nuisance ordinances, including those public officials designated to decide if someone has created a nuisance.
Presently there is no clear-cut definitive description of what constitutes a usable ordinance. The council must formulate what standards describe a nuisance, who will be assigned to determine when those standards have been breached, and what course of action should be taken. In Huffman’s research, it was noted that a private party could bring suit to have a court stop a public or private nuisance situation.
Marlene Barnes commented on the issue saying, “With the right (to own property) comes the responsibility to maintain its appearance. A trashed yard not only hurts that property’s value, but their neighbors’ property values as well. It’s easier to enforce an ordinance that citizens support, and the majority of people in this community would like to see some places cleaned up. Many would offer to help those who need it to get it done.”
Councilmen Joe B. Wright and Kirt Carpenter agreed to conduct public inquiries regarding this touchy subject.
A public hearing was opened to anyone wanting to comment on the request by Trevor and Jody Peterson to divide Lot 713 at the corner of Powell and Piute drives (1963 S. Powell Dr.) in the Ranchos into two lots of 1.78 acres and 3.03 acres respectively.
James Willison, a neighbor of Peterson, asked when an Agricultural zoned five-acre plot was changed to a Residential-1 zone that could be divided.
Huffman could only find solid evidence from years 2000 and 2002 that supported a R-1 zoning, which backed the Peterson’s request, leading to council approval. Since it was an administrative decision, it can be appealed.
Chad Atkinson, a CPA from Hinton-Burdick, Kanab City’s accountants, gave a brief report on his findings for fiscal year 2011-2012.
Two material weaknesses were identified. Controls over accounting procedures and reconciliations, and not including the Water and Sewer Fund inventory in the figures to be audited. A significant deficiency (auditor’s definition) was found regarding capital asset accounting. The city needs to keep an ongoing accounting of additions to and disposals of capital assets.
Compliance issues identified included impact fee scheduled remittance, monitoring of budget compliance in departments, and awareness of the encumbrance status of previously collected impact fees.
Although the budget is a major concern this year, last fiscal year Kanab ended up with a General Fund balance within an acceptable range, whereas the year before it was higher than what the state deemed appropriate. The Water and Sewer Fund is $210,000 on the plus side. If you want to see the numbers, you can visit Huffman at the city office.
The Kanab City Library Board now consists of Peter King, Susan Clark, Raven Chiong, Pam Foley, Halle Anders, Jack Gisler and a yet to be announced non-voting Kane County member. Andreanna Pedersen has rejoined the Arts Council.
Adoption of Resolution 2-3-13R proved to be more of a challenge for the council than anticipated for a two-sentence document. The resolution established the city council’s goals for 2013.
Goal A, as finally worded, is to ‘Adopt a sustainable budget for fiscal year 2014, meaning that ongoing expenditures will not exceed ongoing revenues.’
Goal B is to ‘Increase a sense of community within Kanab by improving communication with the public and enhancing public involvement in city issues’. An addendum to this goal prescribes that council members periodically update the public on city doings over which they preside.