ZEPHYRHILLS — The Zephyrhills City Council on Monday approved an audit of the city's finances, denied a new appeal on a previous decision on Krusen Field, changed the city's false alarm fee and honored the city's longest running council member.
A recent audit of the city's finances showed no discrepancies; however, it found a grant reimbursement of more than $2.6 million was not filed by the end of the last fiscal year.
While the money was reimbursed after the application was submitted in October, Judson Baggett and John Henson, the CPAs hired to prepare the audit, recommended the city create procedures and a schedule for grant reimbursement applications so the city could keep cash coming in.
City manager Steve Spina said he would bring the auditors' recommendations to the council for a vote at a future date.
The council decided not to hear an appeal from the Zephyrhills Pasco Police Athletic League about the use of Krusen Field, which was offered to the Zephyrhills Police Athletic League with the provision it show city staff proof of insurance and go through local and national background checks.
City Attorney Joseph Poblick said there was still confusion about whether or not ZPAL had valid insurance.
Vice President Jodi Wilkeson said it was unfortunate the issue could not be resolved, because youth organizations needed time to advertise their programs. She said she wanted the parents to know the decision to hand over the field to one group over the other was difficult and thanked the parents of both organizations for fighting for their children's rights.
If the city is unable to verify ZPAL's insurance, the issue will be revisited; Councilman Manny Funes said he is currently working with both leagues to find a solution.
The council also approved an amendment the city's false alarm fee schedule. Now fees will be charged on the fifth false alarm. Previously, the fee was assessed on the fourth alarm. This change will be in effect until Dec. 31.
Two plaques were presented to Clyde Bracknell during the meeting. Bracknell is retiring, and his seat is going to Lance Smith, who ran unopposed. One plaque thanked Bracknell for his 29 years on the council and the other proclaimed Monday as a day to recognize his accomplishments as a council member.
"This was one of my biggest ambitions that I really wanted to do," Bracknell said. "It's hard to step down, but I think we need some fresh blood."