WC Council, Public Hear About TV Story
By Marianne Boerigter
The White Cloud City Council held their regular meeting on September 19 at the city offices. With a WZZM camera rolling at the meeting, City Manager Lora Kalkofen provided information to the council members and the public present regarding last week’s story from ‘TV 13 On Your Side’ investigative reporter David Bailey on the City of White Cloud and Mayor Don Barnhard.
The WZZM story questioned the City of White Cloud paying Barnhard Construction for services over the past years and...
...reported that 1099 forms were not issued. Kalkofen stated that she is unaware of any other upcoming stories on WZZM regarding the situation.
“The city was under no obligation to issue a 1099 form to Barnhard Construction” she stated.
City Manager Kalkofen then read the requirements of 1099 issuance to the group and stated that the City of White Cloud’s auditors (Gabridge & Company, PLC) reported the City has been compliant in issuance of 1099’s.
During the Council Member Comments portion of the meeting, Council Member Charles Chandler said, “Right now we have a lot of people watching us and what we do. We may want to take this opportunity to show our citizens what we can do and review and re-assess our policies and procedures to ensure we are on track.”
In other business, a discussion was generated by Council Member Matt Priest concerning the cost of the city paying for six cell phones for city employees. City Manager Kalkofen added information to the discussion replying that the phones were used by employees of the police department, department of public works, and herself and explained the importance of being able to communicate, especially after regular business hours when problems arise. No action came from the discussion.
Ms. Kalkofen also informed the council and public about an upcoming tree-planting event, thanks to Releaf Michigan and a DTE Energy Tree Grant, on Saturday, October 8. The City of White Cloud will be receiving 10-12 new trees to help beautify city-owned property. Anyone willing to help plant the trees should meet at White Cloud City Offices at 8:30 a.m. for instructions and planting locations.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at White Cloud City Offices, 12 N. Charles in White Cloud