City gets good marks in audit

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By Molly Haines


The Owenton City Council received a positive report from their auditors during the Jan. 6 meeting.

Dennis Raisor of Raisor, Zapp and Woods, PSC spoke to the council about their previous year.

“Not a lot has changed this year,” Raisor said. 

The audit reports that due to the small staff at City Hall, they are limited in their ability to rotate duties. As reported in the audit, the limitation may affect the ability to record, process, summarize and report financial data.

The audit recommends management should strive to separate duties as much as staff and cost benefits allow.

Raisor commended the council for asking questions and showing concerns from a financial standpoint.

Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier was pleased with the outcome of the audit.

“We’re in the process of learning,” Wotier said. “There were a few minor mistakes, but we’re learning how to correct those.”

The Jan. 6 meeting marked the first of the new term. All incumbents were re-elected with one new member, Rita Osborne. Osborne was officially sworn in on Dec. 18. 

Wotier is optimistic that it will be a good term and is looking forward to continuing with the West Perry Street renovation project.

“Assuming that everything goes well with the grant we received, I think it will be a great thing for the city,” Wotier said. “I’m just going to walk my way through it; this project has a lot of potential.” 

In other action:

• West Perry Street resident Darell Hearn made a proposal to the council to place speed bumps on West Perry Street.

• Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly reported that $1,385 dollars had been donated to the station for fire prevention.