By Faith Callens For The Tribune
CENTER POINT — The Center Point City Council met on Thursday night for a regular discussion of city business that included several audited financial statements from the council’s previous year.
City Auditor Andy Key discussed the independent auditor’s report and said based off the audit, the city received a “clean” opinion.
Key discussed the city’s statement of Net Position from 2020, which represented all assets owned by the city, liabilities owed to other entities from the city, and the city’s net position difference.
“As of September 30, 2020, the current city assets which mostly represents cash and outstanding receivables was 7 million dollars, the city capital assets which are buildings, infrastructure assets, land, any kind of physical asset, equipment, that total was 12.9 million,” said Key. “So, when it’s all said and done, you take your 20 million dollars worth of assets and plus your 3.5 million dollars worth of liabilities, and your net position is 17 million, which is outstanding for a local government.”
Key thoroughly discussed nine pages within the city’s audited financial statements and said the numbers shown for 2020 were better than 2019.
Key said he plans to start working on the city’s 2021 audit next week and hopes to have the audit completed by February 2022.
In other news from the Thursday, December 2, 2021 council meeting:
Charles Parker, Pastor of Center Point Church of Christ, stood before the council to ask for funding to help repair a church that he bought to expand his church’s outreach center.
“The purpose of the community Center Point Outreach Center is to strengthen the community by building programs that improve learning, promote civic engagement and address society needs,” said Parker. “The mission of this is to educate and empower citizens of the community to be productive citizens and pave the way for generations to come. Our vision is to build striving quality grounds that could be implemented in the areas we serve but in other surrounding areas.”
Parker said the church he recently bought was burned and partially demolished, but he would like to repair the church with the council’s help because the church would significantly impact the residents of Center Point.
Parker said in January, the CP Church of Christ partnered with the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Program, which is in Tennessee, to help aid victims with food, water, and shelter.
Parker said he would like his current church’s distribution center to continue being a hub in Center Point and the new church to be built with a storm shelter.
The amount that Parker is asking the council for is $441,000.
The council said Parker’s request is under review.
The items approved on the city’s consent agenda were:
- Resolution 2021-48 Travel Advance
- The council approved Resolution 2021-38 travel advance for the president of the council training.
- Mutual Aid Agreement with Jefferson County for Debris Removal during the storm
- The council approved a mutual aid agreement with Jefferson County to help the City with Debris Removal after storms like Tornados or hurricanes.
- Redflex Extension
- The council approved the Redflex Extension for the city’s traffic light cameras for 90 days while they are reviewing bids for another company.
Events to look forward to in Center Point, the Festival of Lights is on Saturday, December 4, the Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 11, and Breakfast with Santa will be on Saturday, December 18.
The next city council meeting is Thursday, December 16.