Westville receives audit

Kim Luttrell

Correspondent

Independent News

Westville trustees received a report on the recently completed audit for fiscal year 2016-2017.

Overall, the village’s accounting firm of Feller & Kuester CPAs LLP of Champaign gave the village a “clean” audit, which means there were no irregularities in the audit.

However, in its presentation to the council, the firm did recommend that the village reduce the number of bank accounts it holds money in and also some minor bookkeeping changes in the way the village uses the accounting software, QuickBooks.

The village had already made some changes in bookkeeping procedures that the firm recommended after last year’s audit.

The accounting firm said if the village implemented the new recommendations that the cost for next year’s audit could remain the same or even be reduced since it would mean less work for the auditors when they prepare the next audit.

Police committee chairman Don Hall said that he believes the village needs to raise the amount that they pay part-time police officers.

The council had previously discussed the shortage of part-time police officers available.  

Police Chief David Booe said the village pays less than some of the area villages and he believes that is contributing to the shortage of part-time officers.

Discussion on increasing the part-time police officers pay was cut short on the advice of village attorney Ed Barney.  Barney felt any type of compensation for village employees needed to be discussed in closed session.

The council did enter into closed session at the end of its meeting.

In other council action, trustees:

- Approved a resolution of support for Illinois’s bicentennial on Aug. 26, 2018.

- Tabled a vote on a resolution for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund early retirement proposal.  On the advice of the village attorney, the resolution will be discussed in closed session and voted on at a later date.

The Westville village council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 in the municipal building.

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