City Audit And COVID-19 Update Dominate Council Meeting
The Sullivan City Council met in open session on Tuesday, April 21, with some aldermen attending in person and others via conference call due to social distancing requirements for COVID-19.
K DeLuca Audit Services LLC, presented the fiscal year 2019 audit of the City of Sullivan via conference call with the board.
She reported to the mayor that the City of Sullivan was the most fiscally responsible of all the audits she performed, adding that she wished all her audits were as good and smooth
The council expressed their appreciation to DeLuca and approved the audit by motion unanimously.
The council approved a request by the Meramec Community Fair for a temporary liquor license for the fair June 25-27 and including areas for the pit area, rodeo and concert stage areas unanimously.
City Administrator J.T. Hardy reported that the hangar construction at the Sullivan Regional Airport has begun and that the city should be receiving about $30,000 in federal funding for airport operations sometime in the future.
Hardy then addressed current COVID-19 issues and discussed the effects the shutdown has had on the City of Sullivan. The April 2020 sales tax revenue was down $10,000, which is the lowest since 2014 for April, but overall year-to-date sales tax is still above the fiscal year 2019 trend at this time.
The council will revise the budget and items such as city hall, ball fields, playgrounds, splash pad and pool, fireworks, and the fair during its May 5 meeting. This will be held once the State of Missouri regulations expires on May 3, and new regulations are expected to be issued by Governor Mike Parson.
Hardy also expressed his appreciation to Aerofil for the donations of disinfectant, SLP lighting for face shields, and Meramec Group for donations of face masks.
The council approved the payment of the monthly bills in the amount of $1,835,306.22 which included a payment of $458,000 to the Missouri Department of Transportation for the I-44 exit 226 lighting/signalization project.
City Clerk Jan Koch reminded the council that the Missouri Municipal Election will be held on June 2, which was changed due to COVID-19 from April 7 by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and signed in an executive order by Governor Parsons.
The council did not have any items for closed session.