By Steve Robinson | September 7, 2021 - 10:51 pm
Posted in Category: Normal Town Council, The Normalite

NORMAL – Normal Town Council members learned Tuesday that the Town successfully went through another annual audit with no issues registered. And for the second year, the Town was recognized by for its efforts to maintain such accounting records by an independent organization. Town Council members met Tuesday in Council Chambers on the 4th Floor of Uptown Station, a day after the Federal Labor Day Holiday.

Jamie Wilkey, a partner with Naperville-based Certified Public Accounting firm Lauterbach and Amen, told Council members the Town received what auditors call a clean audit, or audit without issues needing to be addressed. Further, she said, the Town has received a certificate of achievement in financial reporting from Chicago-based Government Finance Officers Association. The Town received the honor last year, as well, for its efforts related to financial reporting and recordkeeping.

Wilkey explained the audit received what auditors call an “unmodified opinion.” She explained auditors enter an audit to make sure of two things: To ensure the Town’s financial statements, as they are presented, are materially correct; and to assess the overall environment where auditing measures take place.

She said auditors research samples of transactions done by the Town to complete the audit. In doing this, auditors are looking for items that might be considered issues or findings of concern the Town would then need to address and resolve.

Wilkey told Council members she was pleased to report the Town had no findings needing to be taken care of.

After Wilkey completed her report to Council members, they unanimously approved a resolution to accept the audited Town of Normal Financial Statements and Report on Internal Controls for the Year ending March 31, 2021. The Town’s fiscal year begins every April 1 and ends the following March 31.

Liquor Code Amended To Allow Liquor Sales At Normal Theater: Council members voted 6-1 approving an ordinance which would amend the Town’s liquor code so that alcohol could be sold at the Normal Theater and Town-sponsored events held in Uptown. Council Member Stan Nord cast the lone dissenting vote. Town Staff wrote a report to Council members explaining updating the ordinance allowing the change “would enhance the Town’s opportunities for hosting community/private events and add a consistent approach to alcohol at approved sponsored events in Uptown.”

Nord asked if the Town needed to assume responsibility if it sold liquor to someone beyond a legal limit or to someone who was not 21 or older as State law mandates. Town Corporation Counsel Brian Day explained current liability for the Town currently used at Town-owned Ironwood Golf Course would be used at the theater. He added the Town already has staff familiar with the legal requirements of serving alcohol, and that if Council approved the measure, the theater would need to apply to the Town for a liquor license just as any other liquor selling establishment does.

Nord proposed an amendment to the ordinance separating the types of events so Council members would have to take a vote on selling liquor at the theater and take a separate vote on selling liquor at public events for Council members to vote on. No Council member offered a second to his amendment.

Larry Schumacher Appointed To Historic Preservation Commission: Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McCarthy announced Larry Schumacher has been appointed to fill an open seat on the Town’s Historic Preservation Commission. His term will expire March 31, 2022. Retired from a 36-year career at State Farm, Schumacher and wife Laurel have two daughters. Once he retired, Schumacher, who has a background in construction, became a licensed home inspector and founded LS Home Inspections, LLC. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:

• Approval of minutes of the regular Council meeting of Aug. 16, 2021.

• Report to receive and file Town of Normal expenditures for payment as of Sept. 1, 2021.

• A resolution authorizing a contract with Peoria-based Hoerr Construction, Inc. for the 2021 sanitary and storm sewer cleaning and televising contract in the amount of $1,181,816.30 and an associated budget adjustment.

• A resolution conditionally approving the final plat for Greystone Fields Subdivision 3rd addition (Parkside Rd.).

• An ordinance to restrict parking in the first block on the west side River Landing St. and Montgomery St. south of Shelbourne Dr.

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