RED OAK – The city’s staff and council received the results of the latest fiscal year audit during the regular council session Monday night.
The report presented by Andrew Moore of Judd, Thomas and Smith was very complimentary of the city and staff for the improvements made since the last audit.
“The (audits) are much easier when a department is run as well as the Red Oak financial department. They have done a great job of taking ownership of the audit to the point of helping prepare the audit report,” Moore said.
City Finance Director Miykael Reeve was credited by Moore for her assistance and quality of the city’s procedures.
Reeves discussed the financial condition of the city at the end of the 2011 fiscal year.
She cited improvements in the fund balances in both the general fund and the water and sewer funds.
Reeve said last year $236,510 had to be moved from the water and sewer reserve fund to balance the water and sewer budget.
“This year we were able to put $11,000 back into the reserves. This was largely due to the 15 percent increase passed by the council.”
Improvements in the city’s general fund reserves were also cited. One of the areas illustrated was a $259,000 increase in revenues in fines and forfeitures.
“In all areas we are in much better condition than we were last year,” Reeve said.
Mayor Alan Hugley said these audit reports are the city’s report card. He was complimentary of the staff and department heads for working within their budgets and being responsible and taking ownership of the city’s finances
The only agenda item to be considered by the council was a request for a zoning change to allow a bakery to be located at the intersection of Ovilla and Pratt roads.
The request was submitted by Lisa Martinez along with her sister for plans to open a bakery as well as a panaberia at the site.
“I have done a market study and there is a big need for this type of business in Red Oak. We want to be a a good and a contributing member of the community,” Martinez asaid.
Describing the project, City Manager Todd Fuller said after some enhancements to the building, the planning and zoning board unanimously approved the application. The council followed the recommendation also with a unanimous vote.
Before the council began their discussion on the agenda items, Hugley made two proclamations. The first naming March 18-24 as Poison Prevention Week. The proclamation supports the safe handling and control of hazardous household chemicals
The other proclamation was in recognition of Girl Scouts in Red Oak. The mayor had help reading the proclamation from members of Troop 530.