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Council takes on accounting mess

Board members examine transferring of finances

The Peru Town Council discussed accounting problems at its Aug. 22 meeting. From left to right are: Council Member Susan Polhemus, Council Member Kregg Bruno, Town Attorney Donald Biggs, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Council Member Brandy McDonald, and Council Member James Douglas.

The Peru Town Council discussed accounting problems at its Aug. 22 meeting. From left to right are: Council Member Susan Polhemus, Council Member Kregg Bruno, Town Attorney Donald Biggs, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Council Member Brandy McDonald, and Council Member James Douglas. Photo by Jon Hochschartner.

— The Peru Town Council waded through confusion at its Aug. 22 meeting regarding whether funds intended to go toward the Heyworth Mason Park and walking trail projects had been transferred into a reserve account as planned.

Supervisor Peter Glushko said the money was in the process of being moved, though he believed a lot if it already had been transferred.

Town Board Secretary Pamela Barber said Carolyn Tetrault, a certified public accountant working for the town, was preparing to move the funds but was called away on an emergency.

Council Member Susan Polhemus said she didn’t know why that should stop Peru from acting independently.

“Why can’t we do it?” Polhemus said. “We’ve always done it in the past. It’s just moving money.”

Glushko said uncertainty surrounded some of the funds.

“Those monies go back all the way to, quite frankly, what were our dark ages around here,” Glushko said. “We want to make sure that money really is there.”

Barber said the town wasn’t sure which funds Tetrault had moved and which she hadn’t. Polhemus said she still didn’t understand.

“If stuff had been moved why is there still only $12,000 in the park (account)?” Polhemus said.

Glushko said that some of the money had been spent.

“There were bills all the way through here for engineering costs and whatever,” Glushko said.

Polhemus wasn’t satisfied.

“Right, but then somewhere along the way you would have had to do an approval to move the funds in the reserve to the regular account to be used,” Polhemus said.

Glushko agreed.

“You’re right; you’re absolutely correct,” Glushko said. “We’re all still trying to figure out what exactly wasn’t done. We are not sure. That’s the problem.”

The supervisor added some of the accounting problems of the past had not been immediately rectified.

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