City of lake Park Internal Control Audit

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Hannah

AOL

#1 Mar 7, 2012
I have just secured a copy of this Audit after recieving a postcard from the Beaselys asking us to see what it said.
Why are the Beasleys sending out a postcard to the citizens?
I see they are the "Citizen watch group founders" But Beasely is part of the Lake Park Government. He is on theBoard of zoning appeals and a Futch/Sherrill/Lane Supporter. Who is watching the watch group?
Anyhow, I read the report and it basically shows that them accounting firm the city hired could'nt get an accurate idea of the finaces, because they dismissed the only person who undestood the finance program.
This report was full of flaws and very inaccurate.
I have a feeling that Futch and the council will have alot to answer for from this very biased sloppy report.
So lets hear the comments!
You have to be kidding

AOL

#2 Mar 7, 2012
How much money was spent on this report?
I read it yesterday and it is so full of doubt I don't know how the Accounting Firm Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey could put their stamp of approval on this.
I gave them a call to question some of the key points that were inaccurate and was told that they could not speak to me about this report. That all questions needed to be directed to the City of LAKE PARK.
Funny how they can put their name on something but not be able to back it up.
I wonder if this Accounting firm Has any experience with City/Governments.
Blind Bystander

Valdosta, GA

#3 Mar 21, 2012
I paid $5.00 to read the Internal Report Card on Lake Park. Being an educator, I cannot believe my
Blinding Eyes! Where were the governing powers of the City of Lake Park? If our school system were to
keep records like the ones that Lake Park's team
kept, we'd all be behind bars wearing orange jump-
suits.
Long Pond Carp

Valdosta, GA

#4 Mar 21, 2012
I remember when Sandy Sherrill had her nose in everybody's business at the lake. When things got
tough, she took her toys and ran home. Who is this
2-faced woman & where did she come from in the first place? Us bottom dwellers smell something.
Lake Park Lori

Leesburg, GA

#5 Mar 21, 2012
Blind Bystander wrote:
I paid $5.00 to read the Internal Report Card on Lake Park. Being an educator, I cannot believe my
Blinding Eyes! Where were the governing powers of the City of Lake Park? If our school system were to
keep records like the ones that Lake Park's team
kept, we'd all be behind bars wearing orange jump-
suits.
You say your an educator? You read the same internal control report I did? What would the past governing powers of Lake Park be behind bars for exactly? For not having enough employess to fill all the roles of a larger Government?
The reason there are discrepencies is the current council and mayor came in like gang busters, eliminated key personal who knew there job and then cried that the numbers did not match up. The all but accused three people of theft and eliminated them under false pretenses. I think this report vindicates the past administration. Belive me , if there was money missing or financial mismanagment there would already be indictments. But alas there is not. Did you read the City Attorney's response to the report in the VDT. He said there was no financial misuse.
Lake Park Lori

Leesburg, GA

#6 Mar 21, 2012
Long Pond Carp wrote:
I remember when Sandy Sherrill had her nose in everybody's business at the lake. When things got
tough, she took her toys and ran home. Who is this
2-faced woman & where did she come from in the first place? Us bottom dwellers smell something.
She is a Horrible liar. Breaks Promises. Stated she wouldnt make a move without consulting the citizens.
So her first act is to vote to eliminate Ann Peterson.
Very Two faced.
She also allowed Susan Futch to make a motion on the Zoning Board of Appeals when Susan Futch and Ben Futch had a personal involvement in the case. Sandy Sherril allowed it to happen as Chariman. Be weary of this lady.
Long Pond Carp

Valdosta, GA

#7 Mar 22, 2012
Lake Park Lori wrote:
<quoted text>
She is a Horrible liar. Breaks Promises. Stated she wouldnt make a move without consulting the citizens.
So her first act is to vote to eliminate Ann Peterson.
Very Two faced.
She also allowed Susan Futch to make a motion on the Zoning Board of Appeals when Susan Futch and Ben Futch had a personal involvement in the case. Sandy Sherril allowed it to happen as Chariman. Be weary of this lady.
I agree with you about Sandy Sherill. She talks out of both sides of her lying mouth. She is a big shot with Direct telivision and
keeps her nose up around good people. What a snake
GROW UP AND BE A GOOD BOY

Perry, GA

#8 Mar 22, 2012
ok folks enough is enough.. its time to get behind the new council members and whomever is elected in april and move lake park forward.. they have been going backwards for the last several years taken money from where it needed to be and giving it to ole glorious brown... he did an ok job but was careless when it came to spending.. some of the equipment was needed and some could have been done other ways... bert was bert needed to retire he was burnt out.. ann i have no opinion didnt really know her... seems like a good honest lady though! Ben is a great friend and business man.. if anyone can move lake park forward then he can... sandy is amazing and a great lady... lane is good as well.. If we stand together we as Lake Park as a group can move forward and become a more financially stable and independant city! Good Day know!
Concerned resident

Valdosta, GA

#9 Mar 23, 2012
The problem is Lake Park’s Mayor…

Lake Park’s Mayor, Ben Futch, is the catalyst behind all of the problems Lake Park is currently experiencing. He has a Superiority Complex that is second to none. He is hell-bent on getting his agenda done, regardless of whether or not other members of council agree with it. His bullying and intimidating style of management is shameful. His philosophy is to get-it-done regardless of who he steps on in the process or how many friends he disassociates himself from that do not share his vision. The City of Lake Park’s future is in jeopardy. If you don’t believe me, come to all future City Council Meetings and see how he responds when “his” agenda is challenged by other members of council.
Very Concerned Citizen

Valdosta, GA

#10 Mar 23, 2012
Postcard from the Beasley's were probably paid for by the mayor.
Deeply concerned

Valdosta, GA

#11 Mar 23, 2012
This is my first time posting a commentary on Topix and I apologize, in advance, for it being so lengthy. I was compelled to post a commentary because it saddens me to see Lake Park in such disarray. Based on all of the posts I’ve read on Topix, articles written in the newspaper and comments from those articles, it appears as though many residents have deeply-divided opinions of our elected officials and their political positions. There is, however, one thing for certain…with divisions so deep, there cannot be a positive outcome for our city. The election results of November 2011have been mired in controversy and met with fierce written and verbal opposition and/or support, depending on which candidate(s) you supported. Solidarity is not attainable in this environment. We can, unfortunately, expect the division to continue regardless of who is elected to office in Lake Park in the upcoming special election. I personally know many of the elected officials and for the most part, I view them as thoughtful and well-meaning people. I enjoy my association and interaction with them. However, based on the results of the first council meeting on January 3, 2012, my opinion of certain people has changed due to the controversial results from that meeting. The end result from the November 2011election is on-going controversy that has effectively turned council member against council member, neighbor against neighbor and friend against friend.

The citizens of Lake Park shouldn’t take sides, for or against, any elected official’s “individual” agenda, regardless of the persuasion to do so by the officials or their supporters. Lake Park, like any municipal government, has a mayor and council that are obligated to listen to its citizens before making changes that impact their city and lives. Council is also required to reach a consensus on issues among council members before policies and practices are approved and taxpayer’s dollars are spent.

Unfortunately, the future agenda for our city seems to be molded around our mayor’s vision and agenda, be it good, bad or self-serving, with little or no input from citizens or regard for other elected officials comments, opinions or concerns. No one person can lead our city and when one person’s agenda becomes so important to them that they either disregard or ignore the citizens, ignore other elected official’s opinion, or fail to even discuss the issue with them, that is evidence of a self-serving administration and one that is doomed to fail.

The current turmoil in our city government will continue, regardless of who is elected to council in the future, as long as people are being enlisted to spread vicious rumors and lies in an attempt to harass and undermine other council members. These actions create backlash and controversy for other council members and make them fearful to speak out; in essence, this is a classic case of “rule by intimidation” from our mayor. These methods are extremely unprofessional and are undermining the city’s operations. The methods are also an embarrassment to our city’s standing among other local governments.

I urge each of you to “stop, think, look and listen” before you form an opinion about what you are being told. We all owe that momentary pause to the City and to our friends and neighbors. We should all make an effort to unite our city rather than continuing to divide it.
Are you kidding me

Valdosta, GA

#13 Mar 25, 2012
Word has it that Lake Park's mayor, Ben Futch, recently held a council work session and invited 2 of the 3 candidates to attend that are seeking council seats in the upcoming special election. Mrs. Moss and Mr. Whitfield were invited (they are also the mayor's preferred candidates). Isn't it ironic that the 3rd candidate, Bert Rutland, who was the police chief that the mayor didn't reappoint when he took office in January, was not invited to attend the work session? What's up with that, Mr. Mayor? What are you doing inviting anyone to attend a council work session that has not been elected to council, especially since the candidates you invited are your choices? And, just so you aren't left guessing who let the cat out of the bag, I heard it straight from the mouth of one of your hopefuls. You'll definitely have to answer that question once the next council meeting occurs!
Concerned Lk Pk Citizen

Leesburg, GA

#14 Mar 26, 2012
Are you kidding me wrote:
Word has it that Lake Park's mayor, Ben Futch, recently held a council work session and invited 2 of the 3 candidates to attend that are seeking council seats in the upcoming special election. Mrs. Moss and Mr. Whitfield were invited (they are also the mayor's preferred candidates). Isn't it ironic that the 3rd candidate, Bert Rutland, who was the police chief that the mayor didn't reappoint when he took office in January, was not invited to attend the work session? What's up with that, Mr. Mayor? What are you doing inviting anyone to attend a council work session that has not been elected to council, especially since the candidates you invited are your choices? And, just so you aren't left guessing who let the cat out of the bag, I heard it straight from the mouth of one of your hopefuls. You'll definitely have to answer that question once the next council meeting occurs!
Mr Mayor Futch also needs to answer for holding a work session without any current council at the meeting. I know he was discussing upcomming projects and city buisness. Where were Lane and Sherill? Why is Futch running this City by himself? Wake up people. Whitefield? Moss? Both Ben Futches choices. A vote for them is a vote for Futch and his one man show.
Mayor Futch, Lane and Sherill have alot of answering to do at the next council meeting.
This council is horrible. Bring back Schindler, Mulkey and Carter
Blind Bystander

Valdosta, GA

#15 Mar 28, 2012
You can accuse the mayor of whatever you choose.
BUT, have you taken a closer look at our fair city
lately ? Even my blinding eyes can see a huge
difference in the "before" & "after."

Yes, it does appear that he is having to govern
by himself, since Mr. Mulkey and Mr.(Ghandi)
Schindler sabotaged our city council with their
staged departure. I've heard that Mr. Lane has
taken a job out of town and Mrs. Sherill is hiding
in the shadows. Thus, the mayor is steering the
ship alone.

Soon a new council will be elected and I predict
that when the dust clears, Mayor Futch's administration will quell any and all doubters.

Stay the course, Mr. Mayor !
South Lowndes Louis

Leesburg, GA

#16 Mar 28, 2012
Blind Bystander wrote:
You can accuse the mayor of whatever you choose.
BUT, have you taken a closer look at our fair city
lately ? Even my blinding eyes can see a huge
difference in the "before" & "after."
Yes, it does appear that he is having to govern
by himself, since Mr. Mulkey and Mr.(Ghandi)
Schindler sabotaged our city council with their
staged departure. I've heard that Mr. Lane has
taken a job out of town and Mrs. Sherill is hiding
in the shadows. Thus, the mayor is steering the
ship alone.
Soon a new council will be elected and I predict
that when the dust clears, Mayor Futch's administration will quell any and all doubters.
Stay the course, Mr. Mayor !
So what is this huge difference you see? This before and after?
Where is it? Explain yourself. Your dillusional.
Seems like everyone has distinced themselves from Futch.
You think he is so great? Why is everyone keeping their distance from him? Seems if he was such a great leader he would still have Lane and Sherill around. Fact of the matter is they cant stand him either. I predict whoever comes in as new council will run into the same dictator and will have the same problems. Once a bully always a bully.
Oh by the way, nice job responding to a mutual aid fire on i-75 with a fire truck full of Tennage unexperienced Explorers instead of Firefighters. Hear they were sent home. Great Job on the fire Dept Futch.
Carp fisher

United States

#18 Mar 29, 2012
Wow is that so... that's why the city is moving forward for once!!!
silk-n-soft

Leesburg, GA

#19 Apr 1, 2012
Carp fisher wrote:
Wow is that so... that's why the city is moving forward for once!!!
Moving forward right over a deep cliff.
Very Concerned Citizen

Valdosta, GA

#20 Apr 2, 2012
Blind Bystander wrote:
You can accuse the mayor of whatever you choose.
BUT, have you taken a closer look at our fair city
lately ? Even my blinding eyes can see a huge
difference in the "before" & "after."
Yes, it does appear that he is having to govern
by himself, since Mr. Mulkey and Mr.(Ghandi)
Schindler sabotaged our city council with their
staged departure. I've heard that Mr. Lane has
taken a job out of town and Mrs. Sherill is hiding
in the shadows. Thus, the mayor is steering the
ship alone.
Soon a new council will be elected and I predict
that when the dust clears, Mayor Futch's administration will quell any and all doubters.
Stay the course, Mr. Mayor !
ONLY if Mayor Futch gets 100% of what HE wants, 100% of the time! Just keep your eyes on Mayor Futch's reaction when council votes against HIS agenda. That'll be the night that the lights went out in Georgia. The dust will wind up in the Mayor's supporter's eyes.
Are you kidding me

Valdosta, GA

#21 Apr 4, 2012
Well, Mr. Mayor,

You got your way at yesterday's special election. I hope the new council members will not follow your lead, essentially allowing you to have it your way. Do not bully council members. Do not intimidate them into voting your way. If they don't vote your way, let it be and respect their opinion. You will need to learn that leadership is not always having it your way. A good leader excells at compromise when it's in the best interest of all parties and the city. Your council, not you, should speak and plan for the needs of our city. You just need to be around to shake peoples hand and give candy to their children. Council will lead this city if you allow it. Four minds are much better than one. Good luck; you're gonna need it!
beasley

Spearfish, SD

#22 Apr 11, 2012
ask mr. paulk how he feels about futch the people who have lived in the county most of their life know that futch should never have been elected dog catcher let alone mayor prison is more like it

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