Not only do we have some of the most beautiful women handling town Affairs (Council and Staff) but we also have the best and the brightest. There is total Transparency, Organization and absolute efficiency. How refreshing it is to attend Town meetings and have such camaraderie with the Council, Staff and Citizens.
I was extremely pleased that Manager Vanessa George provided me with a council packet after the meeting so that all of our readers will know what she has accomplished in the last month:
CURTS CONSTRUCTION – update- On December 21, 2020, the town paid the remaining balance of the first invoice in the amount of $93,547.91, The remaining balance of $141,802.52 will be broken down into two payments (whether or not we receive the line of credit from First Federal)
MITTAUER & ASSOCIATES, ART WALKER CONSTRUCTION AND SEWER REHABILITATION PROJECT – update – the past due payments to both Art Walker for $445,468.22 and to Mittauer & Associates for $36,785.00 have been paid and we are working on the next payment totalling over $600,000.
Art Walker Construction will need an extension for completion of the sewer rehabilitation project; the projected completion date is April 30, 2021.
Council: J & S could not find any documentation suggesting when the council pay periods begin and end. Therefore, thy set up the council pay period to go from the 2nd Tuesday to the 2nd Tuesday.
FIRE DEPARTMENT – According to Henry Land, the fire department does not qualify for any previous periods for the grant because we were not in compliance for the entirety of the quarters, including this one. However, Mr. Land did say that he would give the fire department the base pay for this quarter only, but we had to get in compliance, if we wanted grant funding in the future. To get in compliance, every firefighter on our roster must have an uploaded completed file.
Bills – From the last reporting period to date, the TOWS have paid out $640,944.73, $575,801.13 of that went to past due bills for Mittauer & Associates, Art Walker Construction and Curt’s Construction, leaving $65,143.60 out in bills. (for which Ms. George provided a payables check register)
Waste Pro – J & S will conduct a garbage audit to determine how much we are billing in comparison to what we are collecting and make suggestions based on their findings. (As was stated in the January 12th meeting it will not only be an audit of commercial accounts relating to dumpsters but also to individual recipients. We need to find out why the Town is paying out more than it is receiving and this is just the start of the audits Ms. George will be accomplishing to find out where our funds are going)
First Federal – update – As of today, the Bank’s Attorney asked for a list of all the names and their respective positions of those who will be signing on behalf of the Town (Manager, Mayor and Board Members) and asked for something in writing showing the extension of the grant reimbursement through March 31, 2021.
CARES Act- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 116th U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020, in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.116th United States Congress
The municipalities which applied should receive their money within two weeks. We anticipate $50,000 thanks to Ms. George.
Community (Women’s )Center: Due to the condition of the building, it was suggested by Ms. George that the building be temporarily closed until a further assessment is made of the damages. (Rotted and damaged flooring and ceiling times, black mold in the ceiling and on the walls, cracks in the building).
The council approved the temporary closure of the Center and the Town will return the rental funds back to the two parties who reserved the Center.
Potential Revenue: It was suggested by Ms. George that the Town charge for parking on town owned or leased property to offset the cost of insurance and maintenance. $10.00 was suggested. (The Suwannee Bike Club will be holding a large event in White Springs. The Bike Club wished to rent chairs for $100; however all the folding chairs, some 75 in number, are no longer in the bath house behind the community center. At one time Kenny Hutcherson had the keys and kept tract of all the chairs, but since that time they have disappeared.The council unanimously stated they will not rent out the White chairs.)
Ms. George also mentioned that staff should become notary publics so additional revenue could be made.
Inventory – Ray Vaughn and Vanessa George are compiling a list of all real property and personal items owned by the city (Ms. George included attachments)