Pevely Audit Released, Performance Rated Poor

22 Oct

At long last, the state auditor’s review of Pevely has been published. The city received the auditor’s worst rating: Poor. This means that:

The audit results indicate this entity needs to significantly improve operations. The report contains numerous findings that require management’s immediate attention, and/or the entity has indicated most recommendations will not be implemented. In addition, if applicable, most prior recommendations have not been implemented.
The results were announced last night at a public meeting at which aldermen Dave Young, Debbie Hurley, and Marlin Hahn were absent. Here are some of the highlights:
  • There was an inappropriate transfer of $200,000 from the water and sewer fund to general operations. The money has since been paid back.
  • City budgets did not meet state requirements.
  • Large purchases were not put out for bids, and attorney and accounting services were not periodically bid out.
  • The city paid over $12,000 since 2003 for the mayor’s cell phone bill (that saga led to his resignation). The documentation that he submitted was quite shoddy, including bills with totals whited-out and handwritten in.
  • As has been previously reported, taxes that were authorized were not collected for many years.
  • Utility accounts were not well-reconciled, and clerks had the ability to independently adjust accounts.
  • The city gave unlawful attendance bonuses and didn’t have employees with city vehicles track personal vs business mileage.
  • Numerous Sunshine Law violations.

Obviously, the mayor and aldermen were not doing their duties over the past years. But what about the previous city administrators, Happy Welch and Jason Eisenbeis, who now have the same job for Festus and Crystal City, respectively? This kind of stuff falls right within their responsibilities. It was the most recent administrator, Terry Thomas, who reportedly discovered some of these improprieties (although the audit was underway when the discoveries were made). I hope residents of the Twin Cities are keeping an eye on their governments. Perhaps this audit will give them an idea of places to look.

An audit was released in March on the city’s court system. It said the court did not dispose of bond money in a timely manner.

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10 Responses to “Pevely Audit Released, Performance Rated Poor”

  1. Steve Menendez October 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    The list of people in office as of December 31, 2012 is not correct as listed in the Audit Report.

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    • JC Penknife October 22, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

      I noticed that. Odd.

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      • Steve Menendez October 23, 2014 at 7:29 am #

        This will become important as the blame game plays out in Pevely. The report needs to be amended to show the correct make-up of the board as of December 31, 2012.

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  2. Steve Menendez October 24, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    The Audit report has been amended on the MO Auditor’s website. http://www.auditor.mo.gov/Press/2014100957874.pdf

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  3. Anonymous October 25, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    You need to check the dates when the new alderman took office. The elections are in April every year. Steve Markus did not take office until April of 2012. He wasn’t there in December of 2012

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    • Steve Menendez. October 26, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Steve Markus most certainly was on the Board in December of 2012, and the Audit Report has been revised to show this fact. You can get meeting minutes from any Board meeting you want to confirm for yourself. This is factual information.

      As you correctly stated, he was elected in April of 2012, and was on the Board until after shortly after the April, 2014 election.

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    • Anonymous October 26, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Your right I stand corrected he took Warrens Ward seat

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      • Steve Markus October 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

        Steve Menendez is right I was on the board at that time, I ran because Warren didnt. Anonymous is correct also, why Warrens name is even on the report, I dont know. The auditors even have the pay wrong for the alderman should be 150.00 a month.
        Steve Markus

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    • Anonymous November 5, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      Do you need help with the math. He was in office from April 2012 till he LOST in April 2014 He was in office in December 2012. And the Audit show’s he was a big problem with the outcome of the Audit. Back to school for you.DUH.

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  4. Steve Menendez October 27, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    It’s disappointing to see basic factual errors in an Audit Report which was so costly, and which took a very long time to complete.

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