Audit shows the Village of Roscoe is in very good financial shape


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Wendi Unger, representing Baker Tilley, an advisory, tax and assurance company, presented a virtual report of the 2020 audited financials for the Village of Roscoe Board at the Oct. 19, 2021 meeting. "Your finance team has done a very good job for the Village team," she said. (Steve Stromquist is the Village financial person, representing J Mark Olson CPA.)

“Clean, unqualified disclosures have been of the highest level of assurance,” Unger reported. “No changes are needed.”

In other business, trustees approved a special event permit for the use of Leland Park on Saturday, Oct. 23, for a race to benefit Annie’s Locker.

Annie’s Locker is a not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes new and gently used running and fitness gear to people in need. They also raise money for racing scholarships.

Trustees approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of five Toughbook computers and docking stations from CDS Office Technologies to be used by the Roscoe Police Department, for the amount of $16,830.00.

Also approved was the purchase of four Starcom radios from Motorola Solutions for the Roscoe Police Department for the quoted price of $21,287.00.

Purchase of a Kyocera 3554ci full color copier/printer from Integra Business Systems Inc. was approved for a price of $5,495.00, the trustees also entering into a maintenance agreement with Integra Business Systems Inc.

The Roscoe Village Public Works Department will be getting a Chevy Silverado 5500 Dump Body truck with snow plow and all related accessories, under the Village’s master lease agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management Inc., for the quoted price of $95,00.00.

Village Engineer Brandon Boggs reported that final road patching is being done this week. “We hope to finish before the season is over,” he said.

Boggs said residential streets are 100 percent complete and the cost came in under budget.

After reconvening as the Committee of the Whole, the trustees discussed the congestion on the frontage road to 251/N. 2nd St. in front of Culver’s Restaurant. Some of the pavement is eroding and needs more support. Cars waiting to pick up food are getting backed up onto the frontage road causing long lines of cars. The issue will be further discussed at the Nov. 2 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Police Pension Board Chairman Al Harbut and Sgt. Alex Truman gave a yearly report. Harbut said funds are up and the Village is doing well.

The trustees discussed at length the issue of special events permits and the process for granting the permits.

“The process needs to be revamped,” Trustee Carol Gustafson said. “We need to revise some of the permits and make sure everyone understands.”

Gustafson said the best place to start should be the police department.

“We don’t really have a requirement to get a permit for private property events,” Village Administrator Scott Sanders said.

“We need to decide on where the line should be drawn, get an internal routing system and decide how to enforce penalties.”

The Board agreed there should be no street closures in residential areas after dark, and the 30 -day prior requirement should be enforced. Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) groups will not be charged.

Lastly, the Board discussed the no left turn at Main St and Pine Lane, in the area of Kinnikinnnick School. They suggested and approved a “No Left Turn” from Main Street onto Pine Lane during certain hours and days of the week. Police Chief Jamie Evans said officers are present at the congested times every morning and again in the afternoon.

Items discussed by the Committee of the Whole will be taken up by the Board for approval at the next Village meeting, Nov. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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