LL receives an unqualified audit; findings

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The village of Los Lunas received the highest audit rating for fiscal year 2011, conducted by the Moss Adams firm out of Albuquerque.

The council approved the report at a recent meeting.

"Moss Adams issued an unqualified opinion, and that is the highest opinion that can be issued by an independent auditor," said Monica Clarke, the village's finance officer.

"Certainly we're pleased," said Greg Martin, the village administrator.

It was a team effort between staff and the auditors to get the audit done, and this rating demonstrates the good work on the staff's behalf, he said.

The village was gigged with a few audit findings, one of which had to do with paperwork filing on the HUD housing voucher program transfer to El Camino Real Housing Authority office last April.

Because the village was still the named authority on the HUD voucher, the village was the responsible party through April 2012, said Clark.

The village was also gigged for submitting its financial statements late, beyond the state due date of Dec. 1, 2011, and the federal due date of March 31, 2012.

"It had to do with our prior year financial reports," Clarke said. "There was federal funds noted in some of our long-term debt through New Mexico Finance Authority. When federal funds are involved and its over a certain threshold, it has to be part of a statement expenditure federal award or SEFA form."

The SEFA form hadn't been completed in a timely manner.

There was also a couple of findings having to do with IT controls, such as automatic security password changes every 30 days, and timely deletion of former employees from the system.

Another finding concerned auditing the village's post employment health care plan, which needs to be done every three years, but hasn't been done since 2007, Clarke said.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a zone change and a designated use for Karen Bernauer and Kim Owens for property at 651 Los Lentes Road NE. The property was zoned for commercial use, but they wanted to change the zoning to R-1 in order to build a residential home, plus a designated use zone for a mother-in-law-quarters type structure in addition to the house.

• Approved disposal of nine old Los Lunas Police Department vehicles to be used as trade-ins for other vehicles or bicycles.

• Approved hiring Los Lunas resident Ryan Gray for a position as officer with the Los Lunas Police Department contingent on background check and medical exams. The new officer is scheduled to attend the police academy starting in December.

• After an executive session to discuss candidates for the position of director of public works, formerly called the director of utilities, the council decided to continue the search for a qualified candidate.

• In the public forum, village Human Resources Director Christine Nardi presented the council with an employee survey developed by herself and a Lovelace health insurance official for a village employee wellness plan.

• Roxanne Wagner, from Wagner Farmland Experience, presented the council with Viva New Mexico Chile Festival T-shirts and a framed festival poster.

•Frank Sherman, chief officer for Los Lunas Relay 4 Life, presented a plaque to the council in appreciation for the village's support.

• At the previous meeting, the council proclaimed September as First Choice Community Health Care Month, and congratulated the organization on its national recognition for being a leader and innovator in providing health care services over the past 40 years of service.


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