TALLADEGA -- The Talladega City Council was presented with an unmodified opinion by auditors from Carr, Riggs & Ingram for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2017.
An unmodified audit means the city was compliant with all legal requirements and there were no problems that would have to be addressed.
According to the representative who made the presentation Monday night, the city’s overall balance sheet includes a $6.4 million net pension liability, which he said was “not uncommon. Over time, it will take care of itself.”
He also praised the city government for starting to fund its pensions and other post-employment benefits, which many other entities have not done.
He also singled out the general fund surplus, which would cover operating expenses with no revenue for up to 177 days. The generally recommended amount would cover only 90 days, he explained.
Also Monday, the council:
Appointed the Rev. Phoebe Presson to the Planning Commission;
Reappointed Horace Sims to the Civil Service Board;
Approved five weed abatement assessment liens;
Surplussed items from the Police Department, the Niki Lu Wastewater Plant and the Public Works Department;
Approved the purchase of an excavator with a rotary cutter for the Public Works Department from Thompson Tractor of Birmingham for $230,000;
Approved a contract with CB&A Construction of Birmingham for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements around the Square for $349,504.58;
Voted to make a portion of Pressley Circle one way to improve traffic flow at R.L. Young Elementary School;
Tabled discussion of whether to continue funding the municipal court office. The council has the option of dissolving the municipal court and referring all pending cases to Talladega County District Court; and
Spent about 15 minutes in executive session to discuss “good name and character and an issue that may result in litigation,” according to council President Dr. Horace Patterson. When the panel returned to public session, the council authorized acting City Manager Beth Cheeks to respond to the potential litigation without going into further detail.