City of Ash Grove gets usual good audit report from Decker firm

The city of Ash Grove again received a clean audit report, as it has the last several years. The welcome news was presented by Marshal Decker, of Decker and DeGood, a Springfield accounting firm, at the Nov. 4, Ash Grove Board of Aldermen meeting.
The city received a “clean opinion” or “unmodified” grade on the audit, as deemed by the reputable accounting outfit.
“Your numbers are good. Everything looks real good,” Decker told the board.
Mayor Les Gardner and the board seemed pleased with the results, and voted to accept the report unanimously 4-0.
In other action, the board voted 4-0, to continue the current employee health insurance program with Connell Insurance, despite the proposed increase in premium of a relatively modest .6 percent.
The board also voted 4-0, at the request of citizen Cecil Bagley, to contact an engineer to locate utilities to determine if extending Grant Street in southeast Ash Grove would be advantageous for the city to pursue.
In other moments...
Local business owner Marc Schwenn asked the board for details regarding three ‘no parking’ signs recently placed in an alley downtown. Schwenn contended that the change, although unintended, had negatively impacted parking availability in other nearby areas. Mayor Gardner informed Schwenn that parking there had been prohibited as mowing around the formerly parked vehicles, which also sometimes caused rutting, became an issue.
Leaders of the pack…
Attendance tallied around 20 more heads than usual this meeting as members of Leadership Ash Grove, an M.U. Extension program, were on hand to visit with the board prior to the meeting. Many of the members stayed for the meeting, as well.


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