Friday, August 26, 2011
Grafton Auditor: "We Found Nothing Untoward"
Auditor Paul Thermen said so far the books were in order although he was legally prohibited from giving a final OK and report on management until he received some papers from twice-hired, twice-fired Township Attorney firm Ancel-Glink.
Thermen said the Grafton books are a nonstandard mashup of cashflow and asset accounting, a form still relatively common among townships. By the books his draft report found the Township and Road District together used up $116,000 worth of savings to come out even in fiscal 2009 but nobody asked about that.
The majority of the meeting involved wrangling over whether anything about the Grafton Township Food Pantry ought to be included in the 2009 report. Split off as a non-profit corporation in 2006, the Pantry was co-located in the Township headquarters until August, 2009. Thermen said between that and a township worker helping run the Pantry he thought it looked like an "entity" of the Township. Trustee and Pantry Board member Betty Zirk said the help was only part time and it never was part of the Township even before it became a corporation.
Saying at least five times that he wasn't an attorney Thermen adjured the Board to take some sort of legal action to separate the Pantry and the Township. He also said analysis of the Township's fiscal 2010 books ought to be ready in a few days.
In the pic: Auditor Paul Thermen (left) told the Grafton Board (sans Jerry McMahon who left early) Thursday, "The (2009) audit went extremely well. We found nothing untoward."