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Audit shows a financially healthy Garland

Garland City’s 2009-10 financial report was glowing, showing that the cost cuts put in place by the previous administration worked.  Cuts in the parks and cemetery, roads and administration categories benefitted the bottom line, Wiggins and Company P.C. of Brigham City reported at the city’s council meeting Wednesday night.

The auditors also offered management report showing “good internal control and sound financial reporting,” with a “clean report,” Wiggins auditor Jodi McFall said.

Some suggestions the firm offered Garland City were to strengthen the financial controls, with departments writing their own billing codes and to allow the justice court judge to review the clerk’s adjustments.

The city council members thanked Bill Bishop for his hard work overseeing the city’s water project which was completed before the end of the year.  Council member Fred Christensen reiterated that the city could not have accomplished the task without his expertise.

The council reviewed whether the fees for use of the Garland Armory Gym should be reduced and after much discussion the group decided that the fee should remain the same.

Council member Jonna Comstock disagreed with the majority, stating that the youth in the area need options for places to do wholesome activities, “especially in a bad economy.”  Council member Gary Shaw was unable to vote as he was absent from the meeting.

Ordinances for a time change in city council from first and third Wednesdays of the month to second and fourth Wednesdays (O-10-12) and to change planning and zoning meetings to first and third Wednesdays (O-10-13) were approved unanimously.  A resolution to raise garbage collection fees for the first can by 45 cents (R-10-17) was also unanimous.

The raise in garbage fees is a result of a fee raise at the county level for dumping fees, city Sharlet Anderson noted.  The cost for a second garbage will remain $5.

The city council approved the plans for a beef jerky business near 100 East and 100 South.  The original plans had extended five more feet.  The planning and zoning committee had asked the owners to cut three feet from their plans, instead they cut five feet, Comstock said.  The business will also build a barrier wall between its back property line and the adjoining trailer court.

Mayor Arlon Bennett announced he was able to purchase a one-ton flatbed Chevy truck and snow plough for the city to use for snow removal in cul de sacs and as a back-up to the city’s current plough.  The cost for both truck and plough was $15,000 and it was purchased from the state.

City librarian Teresa Clark cited statistics for library use for the year.  Use by teen patrons increased 17 percent.  The new Wi-Fi availability has also increased patronage, allowing people to access the internet within the library with their own laptops.  Clark added that the library obtained $15,894 worth of grants in 2010.

Bennett reported the water and sewer status for Shaw, noting that one of the city’s tanks spilled a small amount of water last week because of a computer glitch.  He mentioned that the “pumps talk to the computer and the tanks talk to the computer, but they don’t communicate with one another.”  The city rebooted the computer and the problem was solved.

Bennett noted that he would like to get a grant to update the computer for the water system.

Council Member Dan Bowcutt reported that the city’s youth council sponsored Garland Light Parade went smoothly.  However, the council decided they would like more participation from businesses in the area.


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