|Wauneta Village Board of Trustees hears audit, library reports|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 18 March 2016 16:49|
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta Village Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, March 8. The meeting included the annual audit report, annual Wauneta Public Library report, nursing home report and reviewing plans for the village’s sewer lines.
Terry Galloway with Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth spoke with village boards by conference call to review the audit report.
Galloway began his review of the Village’s audit by telling the board the audit is unmodified, meaning everything in the village’s financial statements is true and accurate, the highest level a board can receive from an independent CPA.
He noted that the village is holding down taxpayer requests to less than a one percent increase. He also noted that the village has good overall cash reserves and have done a good job holding spending down throughout the year, underspending by $160,000 from the general fund.
After presentation of the village’s audit, Galloway provided the board with a comparison of how the Village of Wauneta compares with other communities of similar size in Nebraska.
Villages similar in size to Wauneta normally ask for $200 per person in taxes; Wauneta asks for $169.
Costs for the village park, police and cemetery run a little higher than other villages.
Galloway noted the village’s electric fund is down in profit; it should generate about 15 percent profit. The water fund operated at a loss this year.
Board members questioned Galloway about suggestions about where to pull funds for the water, sewer and electric projects that will be big ticket items.
Galloway suggested looking into bonding the projects, especially if it can be done before Sept. 30 when regulatory changes will complicate the process.
Wauneta Public Library
Jan Coone, Wauneta Public Library Board President, presented the yearly library board report. Currently the library holds almost 10,000 items, including audio books, large print books and movies.
Coone said over 1,500 items are checked out each year. She also told the board the library participates in the Nebraska Library Commission Overdrive initiative which provides free access to over 20,000 e-books and audio books to library patrons.
The library’s webpage at www.waunetalibrary.org is updated regularly with information about new resources. The library also has a Facebook page.
Library hours are Monday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. MT/1:30 p.m. CT to 5:30 p.m. MT/6:30 p.m. CT.
Page Johnston reported on Sunrise Heights. The overall balance sheet looks good, although there have been some unexpected expenses.
With a shortage of cooks, dieticians have had to fill in at a somewhat higher cost.
The village board approved a one-dollar per hour increase in pay for staff on the weekends. Administrator Lisa Kisinger had contacted a number of other nursing homes about this issue. All but one of the other nursing homes contacted offer the increase in pay. Johnston said it will be important for Sunrise Heights to remain competitive. Overall, increased cost will be about $4,000 per year.
Ray Kisinger reported that during a recent inspection, the surveyors noted that the bathroom doors in residents’ rooms needed attention. The door frames are relatively narrow and are easily damaged by wheelchairs.
After exploring some possibilities to find a solution, he recommended getting door frame guards from Inpro at a cost of $45 per door plus a one-time mold charge of $2,230. He noted that they could purchase enough guards to fix one-third of the doors at this time, and then purchase additional guards in the future. Johnston