CPA Previews Town Audit

Moscati: $388,000 Left in Park Fund

BLYTHEWOOD – The Town’s CPA, Kem Smith, reviewed the audit for fiscal year 2013 at last week’s Town Council meeting, highlighting some of the Town’s new accounting projects. She said the audit is under way and that she expects a clean report.

“The Town has $2.1 million cash and a current liability of $200,000,” Smith reported. “We successfully paid down the principal and interest payments of the park bond and we’re winding down the Blythewood Financial Corporation (BFC) ‘Park’ as far as issuing the bonds and that part of the initial expenses.”

Smith said the Town will continue to use the BFC for other things, like the current restaurant project across from Town Hall. Smith reported that the accounting work has been set up for an enterprise fund for the Manor.

Councilman Paul Moscati recapped some of the final park budget that was presented at the last park committee meeting. He said the park committee will next decide how to spend the remaining $388,000 of the park money for phase one. Moscati said work has begun on the restrooms for the park and that they should be completed by the end of the year.

Bob Mangone, chairman of the Ball fields committee, gave an update on the bond money he said Richland County had previously promised the Town for the construction of new baseball fields. Mangone said the Recreation Commission now says the money can only be used for the refurbishing of existing Blythewood ball fields, but that any money left over can go toward new ball fields. Mangone said he would pursue other options.

It was announced that the art gallery in Doko Manor will now be called The Shives Gallery of Art after Randolph Shives and the Shives family made a donation for the completion of the gallery. The gallery currently features the art work of Harold Branham, Meg McLean and the late local artist Carl Bell.

Council also approved finial reading to annex and rezone 11.43 acres on Blythewood Road at the intersection of Fulmer Road. The parcel is the location of Broom Heating and Air Conditioning and was rezoned to Community Commercial (CC.)

Gunter Corley, who recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, was honored by Council and presented a Certificate of Achievement by Mayor J. Michael Ross. Corley also received a painting of an eagle that was painted by Blythewood artist Harold Branham. Corley is the son of Chris and Sharon Corley.

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