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Cleveland Town Hears Audit Report and Discusses Building Inspector

By COREY BLUEMEL
Staff Writer

During the Feb. 12 meeting of the Cleveland Town Council, Doug Rasmussen of Smuin, Rich and Marsing, informed the council that the audit has been completed successfully. He stated that he was present at the request of Jamie Jensen, Cleveland town clerk, to explain the audit process and answer any questions they may have.

"These financial statements are a good representation of Cleveland's financial standing. The figures are all accurate and there were no problems with the audit," said Rasmussen. He went on to explain the GASB, Government Accounting Standards Board, that must be in place for towns of Cleveland's size and revenue totals, by June 30, 2005. When GASB goes into effect, every town must prepare a management discussion and analysis section, to be included in the audit. This is for the auditor's information and use.

A business license was granted to Jeramiah Jensen for the operation of a business including the fabrication and installation of solid surface countertops. Also, a rent reduction was granted to Brayci Griffin, due to the number of dance students involved in the classes.

As for the water shares the town had bid on, Mayor Jeff Horrocks informed the council that they had not received the shares. Their bid was fairly low as compared to the price of the winning bid. The council then approved to raise the amount the town pays per share for leased water. Horrocks explained that Utah Power has informed the mayors, that they (UP&L) will not be leasing any additional shares during this water year, and due to the fact that Huntington has raised the amount that they will pay, Cleveland Town Council approved to increase their rate to coincide with Huntington.

Council members Greg Oliver, Richard Murdoch and Karen Nielson informed the Mayor of their intent to attend the Utah Local Government Trust planner's seminar to be held in Price Feb. 27-28.

Mayor Horrocks explained that the Emery County Commissioners have decided not to replace the county building inspector should he decide to retire or discontinue to work in that position. This will place the burden of securing a building inspector on the towns in the county. The commissioners have planned to enter into a private contract with a building inspection firm. Recently, Orangeville contacted a similar firm, and a representative of that firm addressed the county's mayors.

Sunrise Engineering, of Draper, presented their proposal to conduct the building inspections throughout the towns in Emery County. Certified representatives of the company would be on call to do the inspections and made the guarantee that when called for, an inspection would be completed in 24 hours. For this service, the company would be paid 70 percent of the cost of the building permit.

Each town in the county would receive the remaining 30 percent of the permit cost and would incur no up front cost to enter into an agreement with this company for building inspection services. As a result of this proposed agreement, each city would follow the uniform building code of the state of Utah. Emery County and the towns have already adopted this code and this would not represent an obstacle. The council members approved to allow Cleveland Town to enter into this agreement for building inspection services.

Oliver then informed the council that the fire department for the town has reached final resolve of the issues pertaining to equipment. He also stated that, along with the Mayor, he is going to attend a seminar in Richfield to learn more about obtaining grants for rural fire departments. Oliver also explained that the pumper truck needs some modifications to accommodate the generator.

Several other items of concern to the fire department announced upgrades coming to the breathing apparatus' and the fire suppression systems. The fireworks for the July 24 celebration have been ordered and the volunteers are in the process of being trained before summer.

The next Cleveland Town Council meeting will be held March 11 at 7 p.m.





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