Farmington seeks auditors

By Rodney L. Sherman

CLARION NEWS Editor

FARMINGTON TWP.

Farmington Township needs a board of auditors following an extended vacancy and two resignations.

A township board of auditors is made up of three elected individuals who at the start of each year review township records and policies then submit a report on their findings.

The board of auditors also sets the wage of any township supervisor employed by the township.

That works is usually wrapped up by the end of January and auditors are a nominal fee.

In many municipalities, there are vacancies on the board of auditors.

Auditors are elected at staggered six-year terms.

Heading into 2020, Farmington Township had only two auditors Henry Karg and Rick Heasley.

However, after completing their 2020 duties, Karg and Heasley submitted their resignations from the board of auditors.

Heasley's letter of resignation did not offer a reason for his decision. His resignation was effective Jan. 17.

Karg's letter of resignation said he was ready to move on from the duties, noting he has serves as an auditor for many years. Karg's resignation was effective Jan. 17.

Supervisors Matt Sherbine, Dave Crise and Chuck Gilbert accepted the resignations at their Feb. 5 meeting.

The board of supervisors asked that any Farmington Township resident interested in serving as an auditor send a letter of interest to the township office.

Anyone appointed as an auditor would serve through the end of 2021.

Each vacancy would in 2021, come up for election as a two-, four- or six-year term.

The board of supervisors also agreed to appoint Brooks and Rhoads as township auditors for its water and sewerage service accounts. Contracting for auditors for those accounts by a certified public accountant is required by state law.

The board's February meeting included a light agenda.

In other business, the board:

4Approved a maintenance contract with Bruce and Merriless of New Castle for maintenance and repair as needed of the traffic signals in Leeper.

4Announced online payment of water and sewerage bills should be available beginning in March. Customers will still receive their bills in the mail as they always have and can continue to pay by check and mail if they choose to do so.

4Confirmed the township received a $57,000 "Dirt and Gravel Road" grant to help fund work along Anderson Drive.