RTSSD reviews audit, looks to clarify projects
There comes a time in every government entity's annual schedule that it must undergo a financial audit. On Sept. 14 the Recreation Transportation Special Service District (RTSSD) was presented its audit by Smuin, Rich and Marsing (SRM) accounting out of Price.
Despite the district's recent expenditures and numerous projects, it appears to be in good overall health with a general fund balance of about $6.4 million. This money represents 2008 as a year and although the district does carry debts, SRM indicated that they are being managed appropriately.
"This board is definitely moving in the right direction," said the presenting SRM accountant.
According to SRM's report the district increased its assets by $3 million for the year. This figure however does not take into account some of the district's more recent expenditures such as one of the issues surrounding a $150,000 change order for electrical equipment at the new senior citizens center.
The change order, which was brought to the attention of the board during a previous meeting by member Neil Breinholt, was again discussed because the issue could result with the center having a sub-par audio visual system. This technology has advanced rapidly over the last two years and the board wants to make sure the center has the latest system available, but would like to avoid a $150,000 charge by simply updating the specs. This item however, was still unclear and a solution will only come after more specifics can be gathered.
There have also been a few sub-contractor issues with the center because some of the bids for electrical work have been low. Certain district members question how reasonable those bids are. One contractor in particular was under question because they had around seven infractions in the state of Utah.
"We're not asking anyone to change the bids," said member Bill Krompel. "(however) If it's legal I prefer we go with our local contractors because we have confidence in them."
Attorney Nick Sampinos advised the board to hold an executive session at a later date with the architect so that some better details of what should be done can be hammered out. Although the complications were numerous, according to Krompel the project is thus far under budget and even if the change order must be accepted, he said it would be better than fixing things post construction.
Regardless, the center is moving forward with foundations being dug and holes being drilled for geothermal heating.
Another pressing problem facing the district is the Nine Mile Road dust suppressant plan. This dust has been a subject of controversy since the road borders historic ancient Indian artifacts. The plan for the district is currently to support the 6.5 miles of graveling of the road as well as spend $67,000 to suppress dust on another 13 miles of the passage.
"I drove up there this weekend and there are some dusty spots," said Krompel.
Lastly Tom King, manager of the Carbon Golf Course, presented the club's overall situation reporting that while play is down, he is working on promotions to entice golfers to enjoy the final weeks of the course's operation. King also said that the course intends to fix its parking lot, which is in some state of disrepair. That effort will cost $11,000, with the Carbon Country Club chipping in 30 percent of the cost.