When I ran for office last year, I made several promises. I promised to improve and maintain safety fiscal accountability and protect taxpayer’s interest. I am proud to report that fiscal accountability is being restored. The 2010-2013 audits are on track to be released mid-June. Many fixes have been put into place to right the ship to include implementing the UAN (Uniform Accounting Network) and monthly bank reconciliations are finally being conducted each month. We have also appointed a new fiscal officer, Ray Warrick, who is reviewing and modernizing the way the fiscal office conducts day to day operations.
The second area to improve is protecting tax payer’s interest. This was area was brought to light in late February when the TWP received a bill from Union Township for the amount of $4,800 for “fire protection and medical services”. The bill was for the years 2011-2014. Upon discussion with several people, no one could really recollect the bill or why it went so long without being paid or why we even contract with Union Township. Since then, I have requested a copy of all contracts, agreements and leases and expect it in the upcoming weeks. Once received, I will review each one to insure that it is financially responsible and that the townships resident’s interests are first. I will also make sure there is no conflict of interests or perceived conflict of interest.
Since my request, I have learned that the TWP leases two houses located on the Marr Property at 912 Nunner Rd to township employees at below market value to include paying for all utilities. One of the houses was donated along with Marrs Property and the caretakers house was purchased by the township along with 16.82 acres in 2011 for $320,000. The first house rent is $450 a month with up to $250 credit each month for maintenance work for total monthly rent $200. The second house is also $450 a month rent with $50 credit each month for maintenance for total monthly rent of $400. The Township contracts cleaning the administrative building, community center and parks restrooms for $23,650. Mounts Parks is partially leased for $1 a year for 20 years. At the conclusion of 20 years, the baseball fields go back to the Township along with all the improvements. Once all the contracts become available, I will be sure to post them on my website.
If you have any questions on a specific contract, be sure to let me know and I will see that you get a copy. Again, feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns.
Please click on the links below for more detail:
- Marrs Park House Agreement
- Marrs Park House Agreement 2
- Mounts Park Approved Lease Agreement
- Cleaning Contract