Audit comes out clean in NB

By Derrick Knutson—

The city of North Branch is on the ball when it comes to its accounting practices.

At the North Branch City Council meeting Monday night, Andrew Hering, an audit manager at the accounting firm HLB Tautges Redpath, Ltd., relayed the results of the 2011 audit his firm conducted on the city’s finances.

Hering stated there were minimal errors on the books for the city, with auditors identifying only three areas where adjustments were made.

“This is probably one of the cleanest audits I’ve ever seen,” council member Kathy Blomquist said.

“Yes, it is,” Hering agreed with her assertion, noting this year’s audit was better than in previous years. “There are no significant concerns and things are continuing to improve.”

Eagle Scout project 

Hopeful, soon-to-be Eagle Scout Robby Osowski approached the council to ask for funding to help with the project that would push him to the pinnacle of the scouting community.

Osowski proposed building dugouts at Roger Johnson Memorial Park, and asked the city to cover roughly half of the cost of the project, which ended up being $1,400.

The council voted 4-0 to cover the cost. Mayor Amy Oehlers was absent from the meeting.

Things are getting chippy

Also during the meeting, the council unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Precision Landscape and Tree, Inc. to allow the business to store wood chips in the city’s general industrial district in the 37000 block of Falcon Avenue.

The business will stockpile and then move the chips to an energy plant on a regular basis. The hours of operation for the project will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Precision expects the wood chip harvesting and removal to last 2 to 3 years.

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