Brookport received a clean audit from the firm of Beussink, Hey, Roe & Stroder, LLC, for the May 2021 through April 2022 fiscal year.
Jeff Stroder gave his report via phone during the Sept. 13 Brookport City Council meeting.
The three parts of the report were fairly stated, there was no weakness or deficiency of internal controls, and compliance of all federal rules was met. Also, the three recommendations from last year’s audit were instituted. There were no recommendations following this audit. Stroder was pleased to announce the good report and commented on the helpfulness of the staff.
The council unanimously accepted the results of the audit.
Bills in the amount of $54,688.19 were approved for payment, including $16,500 for the audit. City Clerk Lori Klotz reported collecting $56,042.71 for the prior month.
Mayor Rance Phillips commented in his report that the Dollar General store building is now getting the electrical system installed. October is the new scheduled opening date.
Three abandoned houses on Crockett Street have been removed through the Strong Communities Program. There will be further demolitions once the contractor’s equipment can be repaired.
Money from the barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser has gone toward paint for the concession stand and installing bleacher seats in the city park. First Baptist Church volunteers provided the labor. There is still money remaining for further improvements. Greg McKeel donated soil conditioning for the ballfield. The basketball goals have also been repaired.
Further in his report, Phillips noted another shipment of food from the Hands of Hope and Remnant Ministry has been received. Brookport is also serving as a distribution point for other small communities. Phillips expects it will be next week before Brookport will give to local residents.
The next phase of the riverfront cleanup is spreading the grass seed and covering it with straw. The seed has been purchased and equipment to spread the straw will be borrowed.
Concluding the mayor’s report, Phillips said cameras have been installed around town to identify vandals, and the door for the new entrance for the police department has been ordered.
Ward 2 alderman Debbie Workman reported on the Parks & Recreation Committee and the events scheduled for the coming months.
The pancake breakfast was Sept. 17. A fall festival with pumpkin carving and other fun activities is planned for Saturday, Oct. 22. A Christmas bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, all in the Harry Statham Gymnasium. Workman is also encouraging people to participate in a city-wide yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 15, during the Fort Massac Encampment. She would like to make maps with all those participating to hand out to possible shoppers. Please let her know so she could add the address.
Bill Copley gave the report for the fire department. They are waiting for the updated grading of the ISO rating after their inspection several months ago. A better rating could influence fire insurance costs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had also done an inspection and made eight citations that have all been corrected. New donations from the Chicago area have been received, including a jaws of life and some air bags to raise heavy objects.
Council decisions included changing the November council meeting from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15 since Nov. 8 is election day and council chambers is now a polling station.
Street closures on Second Street from the corner of Highway 45 to the post office were approved for the shrimp boil being held Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Bridge Inn and for the Saturday, Oct. 22, Toy Run also at the Bridge Inn. The Toy Run benefits children in southern Illinois, as well as Brookport.
A supplemental ordinance for fiscal year 2023 involving the fire department was approved. It had unexpected income from the sale of two fire trucks to be added and also increased the cash-on-hand in the budget.
There was discussion about vacating part of the alley next to Greg Williamson’s building and adding a 20-foot alley in front of Nancy Carrigan’s house to allow access to the back yard of some residents on Fourth Street. Williamson would like to build an addition onto his business. A public meeting will be held for open discussion.