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By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com

Melvin Bowers, Mayor Janna Jayroe and Russell Ruff review the town audit.
Melvin Bowers, Mayor Janna Jayroe and Russell Ruff review the town audit.
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LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Little Mountain Town received a clean audit Tuesday night as Tim Cornelison presented results from the financial period ending Sept. 30, 2013.

Cornelison said Cindy Farr’s record keeping made documents easy to access. As of Sept. 30, Little Mountain had a $50,000 balance of total net assets. Currently that figure is $52,375. Liabilities of $8,000 mean the ratio of funding to liabilities is 6.5/1.

He reported the town had net assets, including grant funding, of $130,000.

Current town monthly operating expenses are approximately $12,000.

Mayor Janna Jayroe recommended $4,000 be added into the town reserve fund. In theory, she said, a municipality should have six months of revenue in reserve.

Jayroe said the town, on the advice of Ann Peters with Newberry County Zoning, is waiting on a legal opinion confirming scrivener’s error law could be used in the case of nine plats that were changed improperly.

If that legal opinion does not hold in the matter, zoning ordinances would need to be passed to effect any changes to the plats.

Progress continues toward resumption of The Little Mountain Reunion. Town leaders are hunting for the banner that hangs above the street. Anyone knowing its whereabouts is asked to contact council. A replacement will cost the town about $600.

In other business:

• Jayroe said Ollie Dominick and Sons began construction on the decks for the overlooks at the Rocky Branch Park. Anticipated completion in about a week and a half. Other considerations for the trail include adding a gate and an arbor to deter vehicles, all-terrain or otherwise, from driving on the trail.

• Jayroe and Mayor Pro Tem Melvin Bowers discussed checking the electrical system in Little Mountain Park where the big stage is. Jayroe said the stages need some carpentry work and discussed the possibility of railings being added.

Bowers believes the new stage is large enough that rails are not needed and expressed concern rails would affect line of sight.

• Jayroe said bathroom fixtures and stalls need to be repaired or replaced. Cleaning and painting needs to be done in the bathrooms, too. She also mentioned possibly replacing toilets with new ones that use less water.

• Council is debating feasibility of paper towel holders versus an entire roll of paper towels. There have been problems with someone placing the entire roll into the toilet recently.

• Jayroe asked Councilman Russell Ruff to check about flooding on the red roofed gazebo. Bowers advised a rubber mat beneath the door would help with the problem of water flowing through the threshold but would not solve the issue. Perhaps a lip, provided it is ADA complaint, could help fix the problem. Changing grading or moving wooden timbers also are options.

• Park duty rotation resumes in July and all council members will chip in during August to help with the reunion.

• Jayroe reported little interest in sellers at a Little Mountain Farmer’s Market as of yet, though Bowers said people approached him about wanting to buy produce there.

• Election petition signatures are due in July. Bowers said if no one files against an incumbent, the incumbent would automatically be elected. There are two seats open. Signatures can be collected from July 1-15.

• Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invited the town and community to join in May 31 with a community wide clean-up day.

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