Delta County has clean bill of fiscal health in latest audit

ESCANABA — Delta County received a clean audit for its 2015-16 fiscal year. Kathleen Ciantar, a CPA and audit manager with Anderson Tackman, delivered a presentation on the audit during the Delta County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday.

“You received an unmodified opinion, which is the best opinion you can receive,” Ciantar said.

County Administrator Ryan Bergman said Delta County’s audit for the 2014-15 fiscal year was its first one in a while which had no material weaknesses. However, it did have some deficiencies.

“A material weakness is not the absolute worst, but it’s a bad one, and a deficiency is below that,” Bergman said.

The county’s audit for the 2015-16 fiscal year was even stronger than their previous audit — not only did it not have any material weaknesses, it also did not have any deficiencies.

“It was definitely a strong financial year on all fronts,” Bergman said.

Board Chair David Rivard said he appreciated the hard work put in by county employees to make this possible.

“I just want to take the opportunity to thank management, the staff, and … the different department heads, because that didn’t come easy,” he said.

In other business:

– Sheriff Ed Oswald presented a certificate of merit to Rapid River resident Kyle Frisk. Frisk’s dog, Peanut, has been credited for alerting her owners to a three-year-old girl who was lying naked in a ditch in Rapid River on St. Patrick’s Day.

– the board received an equalization report for 2017 from Equalization Director Juli Kolbe. Kolbe said the assessed values of properties in Delta County have grown by 1.35 percent in the agricultural class, grown by 4.02 percent in the commercial class, shrunk by 2.53 percent in the industrial class, shrunk by 0.48 percent in the residential class, and grown by 9.14 in the developmental class.

– the board officially agreed to extend a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city of Menominee by one month. The MOU was established to allow Delta County Building and Zoning Administrator Dan Menacher to temporarily perform some of the duties associated with the City of Menominee’s building inspector position, as their former building inspector left earlier this year.

– the board proclaimed May to be Head Start Month.

– the board approved out-of-county travel to the U.P. Association of County Commissioners Spring Conference in Harris. The conference will take place May 18 and 19 at the Island Resort and Casino.

– the board decided not to take official action on a request to set a speed limit on the Escanaba-Hermansville Limited Multi-Use Trail.

– the board voted in favor of converting a part-time corrections officer to a full-time corrections officer at a cost of $25,000 per year, as recommended by the Finance Committee.