Audit: Ogdensburg is financially stable

Ogdensburg. The borough “passed with flying colors, and financially the borough looks stable and good,” said its chief financial officer.

| 09 Nov 2021 | 03:58

Ogdensburg Borough is financially stable, chief financial officer Mike Marceau told the council at its Oct. 25 meeting.

Marceau reviewed the borough’s 2020 audit with the council. He said the fund balance increased by about $110,000, and the water utility is down about $125,000. He said revenues will increase now that Covid-19 cases are going down, and the water utility rates ordinance has passed.

Marceau said the audit recommended “adequate segregation of duties,” but the borough does not have the staff or budget to separate all financial duties.

However, he said, Ogdensburg “passed with flying colors, and financially the borough looks stable and good.”

The council reviewed the comments in the audit and unanimously certified it. The council also unanimously approved the corrective action plan prepared by Marceau.

In addition, the council unanimously introduced an ordinance to increase water rates and certain fees. A public hearing on the increases was held Nov. 8.

Water tank cleaning: Councilman Michael Nardini said the water tank cleaning on Nov. 2 and 3 would be done one at a time with a deeper inspection of the smaller tank into the cause for the leak found a year and a half ago.
Internet/emails: Nardini announced the internet/email contract for borough employees on the lower level. He said he is working to combine the police in the “bundle” to receive the same reduced rate and increased speed. He said he hopes to bundle the borough hall employees, police, and Department of Public Works employees to secure a better rate.
Senior of the Year: Mayor George Hutnick said the Senior of the Year award would be presented to August Rutkowski at the firehouse on Oct. 27.