RED OAK – Red Oak City Council members and the city’s staff received the results of the annual audit of its financial systems during Monday night’s meeting.

Andrew Moore representing Judd, Thomas and Smith said the city’s audit qualified as a “clean audit.”

In their first year performing the required audit, Moore said he found no major items of concern or improper processes.

“One of the areas we reviewed was the record keeping of federal program funds managed by the police department. We found them to be in very good order,” he said, reporting overall that the city was in good financial condition and the city’s asset level increased from the 2010 audit. “No significant problems surfaced; only minor recommendation were made and communicated through the city’s financial director, Miykael Reeve.”

Moore cited the cooperation of all the staff.

“We found all of the staff we encountered to be very cooperative throughout the process. This projects a very well managed financial program,” he said.

Council members approved the use of a 2010 certificate of obligation bond issued revenues for specific street improvements.

“This is one of a series of improvements that will be announced throughout the year,” Mayor Alan Hugley said.

The streets involved are Shawnee Road, Fawn Ridge Drive, Beaver Creek Drive, Fox Grove Drive and Deer Creek Drive. A part of the action also was the approval of an interlocal agreement between the city and Ellis County. Pct. 4 Commissioner Ron Brown will assist with some of the improvements. 

The estimated cost of this phase is $133,600.

The council also approved a joint funding agreement between the city and the Texas Department of Transportation to widen one of two bridges on Pratt Road.

Hugley said the renovation will upgrade the structure from one lane to two lanes.

“This will help traffic and improve traffic conditions in this area,” he said.

City Manager Tim Kelty named public works department employee Ullie Davis as the city’s employee of the month, describing him as “always willing to step up and do what is needed.” Davis was joined by public works director Charles Brewer. 

The council discussed a proposed speed limit change to the newly widened Red Oak Road. Hugley consulted both Police Chief Craig Rudolph and city attorney, Robert Hager, who advised there will have to be a traffic speed sampling study.