Douglas Treasurer Honored; City Council Says It's Frustrated With Peterson's Spoils' Plan Delays
“Congratulations, you (Douglas City Treasurer Robert Drexler) brought a lot of great things to this community and this council,” said Douglas Mayor Jim Wiley at Monday’s meeting where city council took the opportunity to celebrate Drexler’s recent Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the U.S. and Canada.
The council honored the occasion by inviting the attending public to partake of refreshments and pastries before proceeding with the rest of the meeting.
The treasurer’s achievement is not a lowly one; it is the highest recognition GFOA confers in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and speaks highly of the local government and its management, according to GFOA.
“I want to thank everybody for their support, the council, the community and the staff for the opportunity to serve,” said Drexler.
GFOA is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to the enhancement and the promotion of the professional management of governments for the public benefit.
“The CAFR (comprehensive annual financial report) has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive ‘spirit of full disclosure’ to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR,” said the GFOA in its recognition.
In other city business, Tower Marine’s permit application to expand its confined disposal facility is ongoing, Douglas Community Development Director Ryan Kilpatrick reported at Monday’s council meeting.
City officials, however, said they are getting frustrated with marina owner RJ Peterson for what they claim is a process that is taking too long and wasting the city’s resources.
In early July, the city gave Peterson 60 days to submit a complete final site plan or else face legal action.
“I am not in favor of giving Tower Marine more time to do what everybody does: follow the rules,” said Douglas Council Member Greg Harvath. “He is costing the city decent money.”
Kilpatrick concurred: “We have been very generous with our time.”
Tower Marine’s expansion entails a temporary land-use application. While Peterson has submitted a grading plan, constituting a plateau having a gradual decent toward the waterfront, city staff contends the current amount of soils on-site are not adequate to achieve the ideal re-grading solution Tower Marine wants.