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Burlington unraveling accounting mistakes

Updated: February 10, 2013 5:53PM

BURLINGTON — In light of accounting confusion that continues to surface resulting from mistakes made by their past treasurer, Eric Bahe, Village President Kathy Loos and Village Attorney Nancy Harbottle have been in negotiations with a new firm, Sikage Accounting, officials said.

Loos said at this week’s village board meeting that she is not unhappy with the village’s current treasurer, Sally Eickhorst of Kruger and Associates.

“Sally has done a good job for us so far,” Loos said. But she agreed with Harbottle’s assessment that more could be done with a larger firm to ensure mistakes aren’t repeated.

Harbottle said she and Loos have met with Sikage to discuss the village’s needs and that a presentation for the board is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22.

“I feel you need to upgrade to a firm that specializes in village finance. You should be given ongoing budget reports showing where your funds are,” Harbottle said.

“At the firm level, you will have a bookkeeper, a supervisor, a senior partner and a junior partner — four levels of people to review these finances.”

No formal board action was taken at this time.

Culvert work coming

In other business, the board accepted bids from Stark and Son to perform road culvert rehabilitation and drainage improvements along the railroad tracks near Main Street. The project will cost the village about $38,000, with an additional $4,000 to remove and replace 30 feet of railroad track as part of the project.

The first $30,000 of the project will be paid for from funds awarded through a riverboat grant that was specifically given for this project. The remainder will come from a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant that totals $150,000 and will be used to complete wellhouse repairs and related work throughout the village.

Village Engineer John Whitehouse said the project could begin within the next 30 days and will take about one week to complete.

“There will be no closure of Main Street during this project,” Whitehouse said. “All work is off the right of way.”

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