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Lack of quorum leads to workshop

By Julie Neal | Published Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Alvord City Council failed to have enough members to form a quorum, transforming last Wednesday’s meeting into a workshop.

After it was apparent only council members Karan Huggins and Paula Talley could make it to the meeting, the council chose to hear presentations. However, it could not vote on agenda items.

The financial report was presented by Stephen G. Gilland, a certified public accountant, for the fiscal year ending March 2010. Spending exceeded the budget by nearly $25,000. He reported that this extra spending was for the sanitation department.

“With the economy like it is, some of the numbers on the revenue side are not surprising,” Gilland said. “On the expenditure side, there is some work to be done there.”

Because of the lack of a quorum, the council is expected to accept the audit and vote on other items at the Aug. 26 meeting.

Norm Bulaich, Independent Environmental Services Incorporated (IESI) representative, requested the council adjust its budget to allow for more spending by the sanitation department.

The 2010 rate reflects an increase in the Consumer Price Index and disposal costs. The CPI increased 1.94 percent from November 2008 to May 2010, and disposal costs increased from $34.35 per ton to $36.50 according to a document from IESI.

The hauling base rate per home also increased by 16 cents and the disposal base rate per home rose by 22 cents. This brings the 2010 rate to $12.09.

Overall, IESI proposed a 38 cent increase per household.

At the end of Bulaich’s presentation, City Attorney Jim Shepherd questioned him about the budget discrepancy. According to Shepherd, the council had budgeted $95,000 for the sanitation department, but its spending exceeded $120,000.

After Bulaich could not explain the increase, Shepherd attempted to rephrase the question several times, but still the use of funds could not be accounted for. Shepherd gave up on his line of questioning, saying he was just trying to ensure the council had the explanations it needed to account for the approval of a budget increase for IESI for this next fiscal year.

In other business, the Alvord Fire Department requested newly elected officers’ names be added to city checks.

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