Susan Clarke brings experience to Chester Heights Council - identifies accounting irregularity...
Susan Clarke identified an unapproved expense during the August 5th, 2019 council meeting. Council President stated that the expense will be identified by the Secretary and will be addressed at the next meeting where they will move to approve the expense. When Marta Driscoll, asked about the expense at the Sept. 6th meeting she was told by Council Vice President and the Communications Committee Chair that the expense was already approved. That is false...here are the FACTS:
On July 1st the June 2019 invoices were approved for payment in the amount of $35,842.20.- (Listen to July 1st Meeting Audio starting @ minute - 24m:08s)
The amount paid and included in the written minutes of the July 1st meeting was $36,518.41- (See July 1st Meeting Minutes and Listen August 5th Meeting Audio starting @ minute 1h:34m:52s)
Susan noted the discrepancy.
Council President stated it would be identified and approved at the next meeting (9/6).
At the September 6th meeting in the absence of Councilwoman Clarke , Marta Driscoll asked about the expense. She was told that the expense was already approved.(Listen Meeting Audio starting @ 1m:00s.)
Susan's comments about the discrepancy were not included in the minutes of the August 5th Meeting.
The conclusion: The invoice remains an unapproved expense and needs to be approved by council to be legally allowable.
Susan Clarke brings experience and sound accounting practices to the Borough of Chester Heights Council. If you care about good governance and value experience come out and vote on November 5th to re-elect Susan Clarke!