June audit shows positive results for Manistee

 Ken Talsma, of Anderson Tackman, gives details on details of the June 30 audit to the city council on Tuesday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

Ken Talsma, of Anderson Tackman, gives details on details of the June 30 audit to the city council on Tuesday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Although the Manistee City Council had a brief agenda on Tuesday night, the city held a lengthy discussion on an audit that was performed on the city earlier this year.

Council observed a report by Ken Talsma, of Anderson Tackman, outlining details of the June 30 audit.

Talsma said the audit final report includes an opinion from Anderson Tackman, which details the current state of the city’s finances. He said the city appears to show positive financial health.

When reading the report highlights, Talsma said the total general fund balance was $1,093,119, which is an increase of $165,579 from the previous year.

“I think it was a pretty good year for the City of Manistee,” said Talsma. “I want to thank Thad Taylor, Michelle Wright and all of the staff for gathering all of the necessary information and documentation. Everybody was very thorough and fast.”

Council members reviewed the report, which detailed information about the city’s financial activities for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

Financial highlights of the report, provided by Anderson Tackman, included the following items:

  • The city’s assets and deferred outflows exceeded its liabilities and deferred inflows at the end of the fiscal year by $35,711,324 (net position). Now, $2,315,612 (unrestricted net position) is available to the city’s duty for its citizens and creditors;
  • The government’s total net position, including its prior period adjustment, increased by $2,894,468 or 8.4 percent;
  • From the city’s governmental funds, “combined ending fund balances” totaled $11,985,484, increasing by $742,697, or 6.6 percent from the previous year; and
  • The city’s total long-term debt, including vested employee benefits and excluding leases, decreased by $1,936,778.

A full version of the audit report is available on the city’s website.

Also on Tuesday, city council unanimously approved applications to various boards and commissions.

The following candidates were approved for their respective positions, Judianne Sibley, Board of Review; Tom Swedenborg, Parks Commission; Frank Cardelia, Parks Commission; and Patricia Williams, Tree Commission.

One vacancy is still open on the Board of Review and the Parks Commission now has three vacancies.

On Tuesday night, Jeff Mikula, Manistee Department of Public Works director, reminded the city to be aware of the fall leaf pickup schedule. Residents are asked to place leaves along the edge of roadways.

“We are in the process of picking up leaves throughout Manistee,” said Mikula. “Our goal is to make a complete circuit down every street between the month of November or first week of December.”

He said the city plans to continue until the leaves are cleared for winter snow plowing.

A work session has been scheduled at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28, located in the council chamber in City Hall.

A discussion will be held on the medical marijuana ordinance, sidewalk ordinance and program, riverfront leases, sale of city property policy, recycling program and other business.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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