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Citizens ask questions about recent audits
During the citizen’s comments portion of the Aug. 19, Prestonville Commission meeting, former mayor Spike Barnes addressed the mayor and commissioners regarding the information included in the recent audit for 2010 and the auditor’s results.
Barnes wanted to set the record straight, and let the group know that he was not the mayor for part of 2010, as the audit had stated.
“Alice Marsh was the one who supplied the information,” City Clerk Debbie Wright said. She said if it was incorrect, Marsh’s office had not been informed of changes in city leadership.
Barnes told them he became mayor sometime during that year when the “ex-mayor had to leave because he was no longer a resident.” He said he completed the term, but never ran again.
He also addressed the question regarding the check he had endorsed for Clark’s Tree Service. He told them he “cashed the check” as a favor because the gentleman could not make it to the bank before closing. After cashiering the check, Barnes told them he “delivered the money to him” referring to the person from the tree service.
During the same citizen’s comment portion, James McArter addressed the group regarding the audits that had been completed so far.
“In the three audits, is there any criminal intent?” he asked.
Wright told him it was not up to the commission to determine intent.
“Who turned it over to the investigators?” McArter asked Wright.
Wright told McArter she did so under the advice of the city’s attorney, Alecia Gamm-Hubbard. “We were told by our lawyer, when we got them back, we had to turn them over to Nick Marsh.”
Marsh, the County Attorney, referred the audit information on to Kentucky State Police to conduct any investigation.
Community center building inspection results announced
Hubbard delivered the results of the inspection on the community center building.
Inspector Paul Hoffman, “recommended, in his expert opinion,” the building “can’t be salvaged and needs to be demolished,” she told the commission.
Hubbard said the report would help establish damages in the city’s lawsuit against contractor Can Do Construction.
The items purchased for the community center, currently stored by James Burgin, will be sold at auction next month.
“I’m going to have a list. It’s going to run in the paper,” Mayor Billy Walker said.
Walker said the items will be on display a week before where “people can go look.”
Bids are to be mailed to the City of Prestonville, and those bids will be opened during the next city meeting to be held on Sept. 16, at the city building in Prestonville.
— By Sandie Banks