BY SARAH GREGORY
The Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen learned Tuesday that there are no "findings" in the upcoming audit report on Greeneville's finances that has been prepared for the town by Rodefer Moss and Company, and the announcement came as very welcome news.
It will be, some board members said, the first "no findings" result for Greeneville in recent memory.
The audit report that indicates an absence of findings, or problem areas, has not yet been officially presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, but the general content of the annual audit report was announced and briefly discussed at the conclusion of the board's regular meeting on Tuesday
The meeting, at the G. Thomas Love Boardroom at the Greeneville Light & Power System (GL&PS) building, preceded the third public workshop held to discuss proposed changes to the Town's charter.
An article about that workshop will be published in Thursday's issue of The Greeneville Sun.
CLEAN AUDIT, NO FINDINGS
"It's my understanding that the audit will be ready by the end of the month," said 2nd Ward Alderman Darrell Bryan prior to a motion to adjourn the board meeting.
"I was also told that there were no findings," continued Bryan, a former mayor and the chairman of the Greeneville Budget & Finance Committee.
"Yes," confirmed Town Recorder Carol Susong. "That's how I hurt my hip -- turning cartwheels." The quip, which was met with laughter from the board, referred to a recent injury.
The board commented on the remarkable nature of such a positive result and commended the professionalism of Susong and the staff in the Recorder's office.
"That is quite significant for a city government to come out with no findings," said City Administrator Todd Smith.
"That's a big credit to Carol [Susong] and the Recorder's Office," he added.
"That is very good -- fantastic -- that we have no findings!" commented Mayor W.T. Daniels, thanking Susong for the quality of her work.
After the meeting, Daniels, a longtime alderman prior to becoming mayor, and 2nd Ward Alderman Sarah E.T. Webster noted that findings in audits from years past have sometimes numbered in the dozens.
"One year, the number was in the 70s," Mayor Daniels said.
Webster added that in some previous years, the condition of the Town's finances resulted in reprimands from the state.
"Audit findings weren't being corrected from year to year," she said.
Daniels said that, at that time, the board was unaware of the nature of the findings and unaware that they weren't being corrected.
The only action items on the board's agenda were appointments and reappointments to the Historic Zoning Commission and the GL&PS Board of Directors.
Without discussion, the board approved a measure to appoint Greeneville resident Noah Young to the Historic Zoning Commission.
At the suggestion of City Administrator Smith, the motion approved by the board re-appoints all members of the Historic Zoning Commission to satisfy requirements to state law that dictate their terms be staggered in such a way that no more than two terms expire per year.
Smith provided a schedule outlining the number of years to which each commissioner needed to be re-appointed to satisfy that requirement.
The measure passed unanimously without discussion.
The board also voted unanimously without discussion to re-appoint Willie Anderson to a four-year term on the GL&PS Board of Directors.
Anderson is that board's current chairman.