Rush City receives clean opinion in audit

The Rush City Council on Oct. 8 received a clean opinion on the city’s handling of its 2011 financial statements during an audit review by the certified public accountant firm of Althoff and Nordquist, LLC.

In terms of the economy and unpredictable nature of local government aid from the state, the city is in good shape and “has weathered the storm,” noted Carl Nordquist of the Pine City-based firm.

The audit revealed compliance in the city’s financial statements tied to governmental activities, business-related activities and each major fund including the General Fund, Community Development Fund, Fire Equipment Fund and Tax Increment Financing District No. 2 Fund for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011.

One area of concern, however, is the municipal liquor store’s lower cash flow, which should be high enough to help offset debt and other required expenses, said Nordquist.

Well aware, councilors have been discussing the issue for much of the past year. Remedies can include keeping an eye on pricing, expenses, and it’s the only liquor store in town, so it should be doing well, he added.

In other action, councilors approved Water Tank Maintenance Services to rehab and maintain the city’s two water towers over a time frame and equal payment plan spanning 10 years.

Likely to begin next spring or early summer, both towers will receive a protective paint coating and other work at a cost of $37,750 a year for the 500,000 gallon tank near the high school and $29,500 a year for the 300,000 gallon tank near the prison. The existing coating was applied in 1998.

The council passed a resolution adopting the Chisago County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will make the city eligible to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, when and if needed.

Councilors approved a special home occupation permit for Jeff and Ruth Titus to run a bed and breakfast in the residential district at 685 S. Bremer Ave.

Upcoming events

The Rush City Chamber of Commerce is putting on a wine tasting event on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge.

Join the Rush City Fire Department for its open house and pancake breakfast Sunday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire hall. The breakfast will be served by the Rush City Lions.

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