Trick-Or-Treating In Douglas Starts At 5 P.M.; Audit Shows City In Good Shape
The trick-or-treating hours for 2014 Halloween (Friday, October 31) in the City of Douglas will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Douglas City Council determined at its Monday evening meeting.
“We had over 100 kids (trick-or-treating) in my neighborhood show up last year,” said Douglas City Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Hoexter, who lives on Amity Street off of Wiley Road in Douglas. Nevertheless, only one of those showed up between the hours of 4 p.m and 5 p.m., she added.
She said she sees no point in keeping the trick-or-treating hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. She suggested a change for a later time, at 5 p.m., to give kids and parents alike more opportunity to get ready following the day’s activities of school and work.
Her colleagues on council agreed with her, and said the information should be made public although the council made no motion or vote on the matter.
The end time of 8 p.m. will, however, remain the same.
In other city business, financial consultants presented Douglas City officials with “a very good, clean audit” for the 2013-2014 fiscal year at Monday night’s council meeting.
“It’s (the audit) not an assessment of the city’s financial health, but an assessment of the accuracy of the city’s information (financial statements),” said Stephen Blann, the director of government audit quality with the Rehmann auditing firm.
In either case, the audit confirmed the city is in good financial standing with a fund balance (not a cash account, but consisting of rainy day funds) of $2.7 million.
However, the fund balance is down $113,000 from last year due to the purchase of 16 acres of a portion of land from the former Miro Golf Course as well as a lawsuit payout of $200,000 to a developer (Chandler Kalkman) after a judge ruled that the city’s stop-work order against him resulted in economic damages.
In his report, Blann commended the city’s staff for providing a comprehensive annual budget report on a volunteer basis.
“It’s an excellent feat. Not too many city’s of your size do that,” said Blann.