Pomeroy ‘12, ‘13, ‘14 audits complete

By Lindsay Kriz - lkriz@civitasmedia.com

POMEROY — Sue Baker, fiscal officer for the Village of Pomeroy, announced at council’s most recent meeting that the 2012, 2013 and 2014 audit adjustments for the village were complete.

The work was done by Perry & Associates of Marietta and has been sent onto the state. However, Baker said that until the state approves the audits, they will not be available to the public. She said this could take at least a few weeks.

Baker said that she made a lot of adjustments because of accounting errors created in those three years, and now she has actual fund balances. Currently, three funds have large deficits: the sewer fund has a deficit of $349,000, the water fund has a deficit of $64,000 and the street fund has a deficit of $125,000.

Baker also discussed the transfer of money from a FEMA fund into the general fund. She said that the money during a 2012 tornado was taken from several funds to take care of any issues, and was reimbursed by FEMA. Baker said that while it looks like there is $288,000 in the FEMA fund, because of accounting errors the actual amount is closer to $193,000. Council agreed to move the money from the FEMA fund into county general and then into accounts which need money the most. Baker said that legally the money must go into the general fund first before entering any other accounts.

Council also voted to table Ordinance 774, which would approve a water debt fee for village customers.

At council’s last meeting on Oct. 19, they discussed adding a water debt fee to monthly water-sewer bills. Baker told them at the time that the Water Fund had $128,000 in debt payments annually and this costs over $13 per customer per month. If the burden of this debt was removed from the operation and maintenance budget, then maybe a water rate increase could be delayed. The finance committee, which met prior to the Oct. 19 regular council meeting, asked Baker to create an ordinance to create the debt fee.

According to the Pomeroy Village Water Department, the current base rate for water and sewer together is $53.18.

Council also approved the minutes from the Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 meetings, approved the bills totaling $39,839.41 and approved the finance report.

Don May also discussed the rough roads on Second Street, and Paul Hellman, village administrator, said the work on the road was still in progress.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.

By Lindsay Kriz