Alma Village Hall Addition to Be Completed by ChristmasThe Alma Village Board is preparing for the addition of two handicapped bathrooms and additional office space to the rear of the village hall building. Mayor Russell Swift expects the winning bidder on the project, H and W Construction of Iuka, to begin work around December first and have it completed by Christmas. In order to keep the community room available to residents during the holiday season, the board voted to rent a trailer from Power Techniques to move the village office during construction. The rental will cost $500. H and W had its bid for $26,700 accepted for the project during an earlier special meeting.
The board received a presentation of its audit by CPA John Kujawa of Centralia. Kujawa found no discrepancies, but issued several findings. Most dealt with the need for more oversight of the person doing the village books. Swift says the work of the village treasurer will now be reviewed by a second person to address the concerns. Kujawa noted the problem was common when there were a limited number of employees. The auditor also told the board they should amend their budget if spending is going to go over the amount budgeted. Kujawa reported the village completed the year with $213,00 in the bank. That's down $38,000 which he attributed mostly to grant dollars received in the prior fiscal year being expended last year.
The board set Santa's visit to village hall for Sunday, December ninth, from two to four. The board allocated $300 to purchase candy and small gifts for the occasion.
Police Chief Kelly Henken reported responding to almost 300 calls so far this year. He noted speeding tickets were down to just about one a month as an earlier crackdown on speeders has got them to slow down.
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