The Maumelle City Council met Monday night and went through its agenda along with a financial audit by Craft, Veach and Company.
Also honored were Andrea Palanca and Buck Zurga, the city’s lifeguards who saved Brailey DiPrano at the city’s pool on July 15.
A full house was on hand for the event, and dozens cleared out after the presentation of the honors by Mayor Mike Watson.
John Craft, one of the principals at the North Little Rock firm, presented the audit’s findings and his assessment was a good one.
“It was clean. That’s what you want to see,” he said.
“We did not identify any deficiencies in internal control that we consider to be material weaknesses,” Craft wrote in a statement to the Council.
“That’s what you want to hear,” he said. “Nothing significant to report.”
In other Council business:
• Jenny Hendricks was appointed to the Tree Board by a unanimous vote. Hendricks, a nine-year resident of Maumelle, told the Council she wanted to become more involved in the city.
• Resolutions to clean up the language in the appointment of liaisons to Maumelle Water Management and correct typographical errors relating to the city’s budget were also passed, but with some lengthy discussion.
Watson said the city didn’t have any language to appoint the two liaisons and it would give the Council a say in deciding who would be appointed.
• Another resolution to give tax incentives to a local business for the purposes of economic development.
• Two ordinances related to dedication of streets and drainage were also read for the first time. The second reading will be on Aug. 19, with the third and final reading on Sept. 3 where they’ll be discussed again and then can be adopted.
In public comments, state Rep. Mark Lowery said he would soon have an office at City Hall for constituent services.
A possible ribbon cutting was being planned for Aug. 15 and a time was still being worked out.
Lowery would receive the office space for free, Watson said and compared it to the state revenue office at City Hall.
Graham Sloan, with the state’s Ethics Commission, said he wasn’t aware of any other state legislator having an office like Lowery has planned.
Sloan said Tuesday afternoon that he didn’t think the free space would be an issue that his commission would have to deal with but that Lowery would have to disclose the value of the space on his annual financial disclosure forms and during campaign season, the office couldn’t be used for re-election purposes.