When I received a grant to replace some of the veterans markers at the cemetery, I didn't discard the scrap metal for money. I re-purposed the material and commissioned the youth of the community through the school to create a metal wreath out of the marker heads. We now place that wreath back at the cemetery on Memorial Day. All I can say is that it is difficult to get good ideas rolling and difficult to get people working together when it comes to the world of 'gotcha' politics, which is what goes on in many communities.
The obvious question here is: Where the article notes "Village Clerk Sharon VanDam, who handles the village’s finances, said Martinez requested the village keep the money in a Village Hall drawer in April 2010, and she did", why didn't the clerk, the more experienced municipal finance individual, insist the money be accounted for in some manner? Why didn't the experienced individual advise the lesser experienced individual provide proper advise?
There are many other instances where renovations were done on city property and items of value were discarded by order of other boards. That is completely lost revenue. There are definitely gaps in controls for these processes, but without proper administration, they will never be resolved.
Point taken. There is not a 'fund' to my knowledge. My understanding is that the money was just put into some other traceable fund. I suspect it would go into the general fund. Any future revenue realized from scrap assets should go into the general fund. If it were up to me, that revenue would fall into some budgetary line item like training, but I was never in the position to make those decisions. Since earning my MPA, I am discovering that towns this size in Iowa have city managers or administrators. These are the reasons why they do this.
Again, there was a grand jury which had no findings. "In April, a grand jury investigated the village president’s actions with the fund, but found nothing criminal." My understanding is the money was originally kept elsewhere and when it grew to a certain size it was moved to the office. When it was transferred to the clerk's office, it should have been made into a petty cash fund. It should have been "on the books" at that point, but the clerk never did that. It should have been "on the books" from the beginning.
So? If the backflow preventer were installed at the floor drain the sewage would make its way back to the bathtub, correct? The solution would have to be applied to the main sewage pipe as it leaves the house, correct? Who has ever heard of such a thing as that? The city taking care of it's residents waste water and sewage is what the bill for sewage and waste water covers anyway. There is a simple solution but if a diaper can cause a blockage then the connunity pipe needs to be larger, correct? This is the construction season. Get to it.
What are we waiting for?
Sterling/Rock Falls did it two years ago and it's great, and very popular with walkers and bikers.
What an excellent vantage point to enjoy the beauty of the Rock River, in peace, away from the awful traffic which makes Dixon's 2 bridges unpleasant.
I agree with you about motivation.
Education in America has deteriorated dramatically since the stupid concept came out of Calif in the 1970s --"No student left behind". What sounded like a nice idea to the limp minded, was in reality a terrible devaluation of quality. "No student left behind" in reality resulted in allowing all teachers to drop the level of classroom achievement to the level of the lowest student. OH, that also made it so much easier for the teachers. More sports, less competition for grades, less teaching. There are no losers, they are all winners. Race to bottom.
On Tuesday, the Lee County Board voted 12-9 to approve a proposed wind farm in the southwestern part of the county. That happened after 27 sessions of a public hearing held by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Is everyone wiser for it?