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#1 Feb 12, 2013
February 11, 2013
Glasgow mayor, city council members vote for new Glasgow Police Department home

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — After years of looking at options and finding none suitable for one reason or another, including price tag, the Glasgow Police Department may be on the way to having a new home, and it wouldn’t have to move far.

After a closed session Monday at the end of its regular meeting, Glasgow City Council voted unanimously – except one member who abstained – on the first reading of an ordinance to authorize Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman to lease the property at 100 S. Broadway St., where Venture Contracting Inc. is now, with the option to purchase it.

Council member Harold Armstrong abstained because he had a prior business relationship with VCI, the mayor said after the meeting.

“We’re looking at it and evaluating it for use as a new location for our police department,” Trautman said, adding that councils through the years have discussed various options that never came to fruition.

GPD Chief Guy Turcotte called the possibility of this new home for the department “a much-needed asset.”

“We outgrew that place a long time ago,” he said of the current location at 201 S. Broadway St.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Tuesday's Glasgow Daily Times.
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#2 Feb 14, 2013
February 13, 2013 Audit finds problem with GPD overtime
COPS grant overtime issue addressed in audit

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — An annual audit of the city’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, found only one questionable issue, a certified public accountant from Taylor, Polson & Co. told the Glasgow City Council on Monday.

The issue related to an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Recovery Program grant awarded to the Glasgow Police Department. Of the $102,989 in wages and benefits charged to the grant funds,$10,123 was for overtime and incentive wages. The findings in the audit state:“Overtime and incentive wages expended in the program are not allowed costs.”

Those wages “are subject to disallowance and are therefore considered questioned costs subject to a refund to U.S. Department of Justice,” according to the audit findings.

The cause for the issue is said to be “because the new grant oversight official did not have a complete understanding of the grant requirements,” the findings state.

The auditor’s recommendation was that “all grant agreements should be reviewed carefully for specific requirements before any expenditures are charged to the program” and it states that the city had already contacted the U.S. DOJ regarding the procedures to file corrected reports and repay the costs.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Thursday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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