Freistatt schedules financial workshop

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Move main employees from contract basis to payroll

Freistatt village trustees scheduled Monday for their annual budget workshop, as they reviewed contingencies moving into the new calendar year.

Trustees plan to adopt a budget for the 2015 calendar and fiscal year during their next monthly meeting, set for Thursday.

Trustees had not planned to make any capital improvements in 2014 and ended the year facing one with the pump at the wastewater lagoon no longer in service. A crew from Evans Electric, from Conway, Ark., pulled the pump and found it worn down to where almost none of the parts remained serviceable. Mayor Mike Ortwein said replacing the pump could prove expensive.

In other money-related matters, trustees voted to move 
contract employees to payroll positions. Two are paid on a salary basis and one on an hourly basis. The lawn mowing service will remain as a contracted position. Clerk Deborah Schoen planned to make bookkeeping adjustments with a new online payroll service through Quikbooks.

Schoen also reported auditors from the CPA Group would conduct their annual review of the village's finances during the last week in December.

Trustees approved the agreement to move county dispatching services, including 911, to Monett. Each of the public entities receiving county services were asked to approve the change. Freistatt already had its 911 calls going to Monett under its original agreement.

Trustees voted to prohibit campaign signs on the grounds of the Community Building. As owners of the property, the village could receive the authority to remove any signs if registered with the county to that effect.

Trustees also voted to change its policy on giving away a free month of utilities at the annual community Christmas dinner. They agreed to make it mandatory for the winner to attend, in part as an attempt to increase numbers at the dinner.

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