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Auditors arrive for annual audit

 

September 27, 2017 | View PDF



In the agenda for this week’s workshop meeting, on Monday, Sept. 24, the city’s finance director Kristin Garcia announced that auditors arrived Monday, Sept. 18 to begin the 2016 audit.

“They are beginning the review of 2016 financial statements, performing an overall risk assessment, with a tour of both the airport and police facilities,” Garcia said in documents.

“Council will be notified once the date of the entrance conference is scheduled,” Garcia said.

The entrance conference will provide more detail on the scope of the audit, she said.

Garcia was also scheduled to present the August Financial Report this Monday.

In council documents Garcia reported that sales tax revenues, as of Aug. 31, are up 8 percent compared to collections this same time last year and EMS transport fees are about 1 percent above budget projections.

Garcia said she would propose slight modifications to the 2017/2018 budget to reflect current projections.

Council is expected to gather for a budget retreat on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Arlington City Council was scheduled to review a contract with Novotx, L.L.C. for asset management software. The city has been using Cartegraph for asset management and work scheduling for the past six years, and that program is cumbersome and has limitations, according to Public Works Director Jim Kelly. After issuing a request for proposals on June 1, the city received eight proposals. Four were selected for presentations and after reviewing those four presentations, staff determined that Novotx (Elements) was the best product.

At this week’s workshop meeting, council was scheduled to discuss a request to close Olympic Avenue for two special events coming up. On Nov. 25, the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Arlington Business Association are proposing a Hometown Holiday evening event, from 4 to 8 p.m., from Second Street to Fifth Street on Olympic Avenue, to launch holiday spirit in the community with a night of shopping, fire pits and entertainment, as presented by Sarah Lopez, of the city’s recreation department. Also, the Arlington Runners Club is requesting a closure of Olympic Avenue from Legion Park to Fifth Street, for a Hot Cocoa 5K/10K Run on Dec. 9. The closure would include Fifth Street to MacLeod Avenue, where the run will use sidewalks back to Haller Park.

Lopez is also seeking permission to apply for a tourism grant of $12,400 to pay for materials for a stage in Legion Park. Community members are lined up to build the stage, which has been designed by volunteers.

Other grant requests are proposed to help cover the cost of Arlington’s Stillaguamish Eagle Festival, summer entertainment at Music on the Terraces, outdoor movies, Shakespeare in the Terrace Park and for street fair entertainment.

Lopez is proposing a request for $1,500 to replace an aging kiosk on Olympic Avenue, and $590 for the annual state Department of Transportation fee for Arlington Art Walks signs on I-5 and SR 530.

Council is also being asked to consider a new representative for the Chamber of Commerce on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, to replace Jennifer Holocker, who was appointed in April and has since resigned from the chamber, and is therefore ineligible to serve on the committee. The new chamber director, Jennifer Egger, is willing to finish the term, which expires in April 2019.

Airport Manager David Ryan is seeking permission to surplus airport property, including Hangar 57B on the airfield and a building located at 19319 63rd Ave. NE, which was formerly occupied by Fiberglass Structures.

The 6,800-square-foot Hangar 57B was built in 1986 and was originally occupied by Bayliner to store aircraft. According to Ryan, the hangar is in fair condition but needs a new roof, painting, electrical and HVAC, etc. The building on 63rd Avenue NE, is in need of similar repairs.

“The airport does not have the staff to maintain these large structures,” Ryan said in council documents.

Airport staff and the airport commission feel that the cost of these capital improvements would be better spent on airfield projects that benefit all of our tenants.

“It has been the practice of the airport commission to sell buildings that have reverted to airport ownership,” Ryan said.

Council is also reviewing proposed amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Water System Plan and Wastewater Plan, to be consistent with recent amendments to the city’s GMA Comprehensive Plan. The water system amendments detail how the water utility will safely, efficiently and financially operate, maintain and expand the water system to meet community needs. The plan has been approved by the state Department of Health and the Planning Commission held a public hearing on it on July 18 and is recommending approval. Amendments to the Wastewater Plan were reviewed and approved by the Department of Ecology.

Heather Logan, assistant administrator, was scheduled to give a report this Monday on a social services study that was completed to create a list of resources in and around Arlington to identify gaps, and to suggest next steps in addressing the challenges of addiction, mental illness and homelessness.

 

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