By Linda Kor —
The Navajo County Finance Department received high praise from the Office of the Auditor General during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Auditor General Debra Davenport went before the board and expressed her appreciation for the dedication of the Finance Department under the direction of James Menlove, a distinction that has made the department a model for all counties in the state.
“The county, or rather the finance department, has received the ‘unqualified opinion’ of the Auditor General’s Office. An unqualified opinion is sort of like the Auditor General’s ‘seal of good housekeeping.’ This designation would not have been possible without a tremendous effort from your financial team, including County Manager Jimmy Jayne and Finance Director James Menlove. We appreciate working with them,” stated Davenport.
When Menlove stepped into the position, the county was far behind in completing yearly audits, and financial paperwork was incomplete. At that time, he set goals of receiving a “clean” or unqualified audit, and becoming caught up on audits, a goal that has been met by his department.
Davenport went on to say that due to these efforts, the county is ranked in the top three counties in the state for accountability and accuracy in financial reporting.
The Office of the Auditor General serves as an independent source of impartial information concerning state and local governmental entities and provides specific recommendations to improve the operations of those entities.
In other business, the board:
* Approved a contract agreement between the Governor’s Office of Education and Innovation and the Northeast Arizona Regional Center with the Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Education Service agency and Linda Morrow, serving as fiscal agent, for a $40,000 grant through the Governor’s Office of Education Innovation, the Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1988.
* Authorized a precinct-based election for Three-O-Three Domestic Water Improvement District and Heber/Overgaard Sanitary District on Nov. 6, 2012, in order to elect three positions for each district, each with a four-year term beginning Nov. 30, 2012, and ending Nov. 30, 2016.
* Authorized a precinct-based election for Clay Springs/Pinedale Fire District and Navapache Hospital District on Nov. 6, 2012, in order to elect three positions for each district, each with a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013, and ending Dec. 31, 2016.
* Approved an application for a supervised fireworks display submitted by the Heber/Overgaard Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Committee. * Approved an application for a permanent extension of premises for a patio for Red House Pizza located at 1896 Silver Lake Blvd. in Show Low.
* Authorized amendments to contracts between the Navajo County Public Health Services District and the Arizona Department of Health Services for WIC (Women, Infant and Children) program services effective Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012, in the amount of $298,313, and a public health emergency program carry-over in the amount of $48,700.
* Approved a sub-contract between the Navajo County Public Health Services District and the Coconino County Public Health Services District for nutrition services under the Arizona First Things First Navajo Nation Nutrition and Obesity Prevention grant from Feb. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012 in the amount of $71,916.
* Approved a contract between the Navajo County Public Health Services District and the Arizona Department of Health Services for public health accreditation in the amount of $45,000 from April 1, 2012, to June, 30, 2013. * Approved an application for Treasurer’s Deeds for the State of Arizona.
* Authorized an abatement of personal property taxes.
* Approved an amendment to the slurry seal contract between public works and American Pavement Preservation, LLC to increase the unit price bid effective May 25, 2012, and to extend the slurry seal contract for one additional year from May 25, 2012, through May 24, 2013.
* Approved an amendment to the hauling of waste tire contract between public works and CRM of America, LLC, extending the contract for one additional year from May 25, 2012, through May 24, 2013. * Approved a task agreement to the memorandum of understanding between the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Apache Agency and Navajo County. * Approved an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement between public works and the Navajo Division of Transportation allowing for FY 2010-2012 SAFETEA-LU funds in the amount of $112,200 for 2010 and $111,120 for FY 2011 for roadway improvements.
* Approved an agreement for a public roadway and utility easement for a portion of Duck Lake Road in Heber.