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  • Humane Society requests shelter improvements

  • GIRARD — Crawford County Commissioners may be able to do a favor for the Southeast Kansas Humane Society and some homeless dogs in need of exercise.

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  • GIRARD — Crawford County Commissioners may be able to do a favor for the Southeast Kansas Humane Society and some homeless dogs in need of exercise.
    “In light of budgetary problems out there, we are not here to ask for money,” said Mary Kay Caldwell, society official, at the Tuesday commission meeting. “We are very much in need of some improvements at our shelter and hope you could partner with us on those.”
    First, she said, the society would like the county to black top the drive from the road to the shelter building.
    “The drive is very unsightly and bumpy, and we want the shelter to be more customer friendly,” Caldwell said.
    The second chore would be to clear 100 feet of brush from behind the shelter.
    “We don’t want the nice big trees taken out, but the brush is blocking the circulation of air at the back of the building and we need the space for volunteers to walk shelter dogs,” Caldwell said.  “Right now about the only place we have to walk dogs is the pet cemetery, and we have a lot of land in back of the building.”
    Commissioners  did not want to make any commitments on asphalting the drive, but thought the  brush clearing was a possibility.
    “Our three crews could work together on that, and we could get the new Bobcat back there,” said commissioner Linda Grilz. “A walking path there would be very conducive.”
    “Maybe we could put a dog park there where people could come and walk their own dogs,” Caldwell said. “There’s nothing like that in Pittsburg.”
    She said that the society had spoken with Jim Otter at Pittsburg State University and hoped that they could get Boy Scouts involved, possibly doing some work in the area for Eagle Scout projects.
    Commissioner Carl Wood promised he would have somebody contact the Humane Society about getting the brush cleared.
    The commissioner also heard from Monica Kellogg, CPA, LLC, and Jerry Mitchell, CPA, regarding the audit they recently completed for the county.
    “When we do audits, we look at frauds and irregularities, and there was no sign of any of those,” Mitchell said. “County staff has been very helpful in helping us prepare the audit.”
    Another big thing that has to be looked at in an audit of this nature is federal financial compliance.
    “We have to do compliance testing, and we had to look heavily at WIC this year,” Mitchell said. “We found now compliance issues.”
    He and Kellogg did stress the need for the county to have a Single Audit performed, explaining that this is required for an organization that spends $500,000 or more of federal assistance received for its operations. The Single Audit provides assures to the U.S. federal government as to the management and use of such funds by recipients.
    Page 2 of 2 - “If we are not invited back next year to do your audit, go out and find an auditor who will do a Single Audit,” Mitchell said.
    Kellogg had another recommendation, that one person be designated as a liaison whom everyone has to communicate with about federal money that comes to the county.
    “This person would keep track of what you applied for, what you got and how you spent it,” she said.
    Kellogg’s firm has a one-year contract to perform auditing services for the county. Such contracts often run for a three-year period.
    “The county is very well managed, and we’d like an opportunity to come back,” Mitchell said.
    A 9:30 a.m. budget work session is scheduled Friday before the regular commission meeting.
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