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Audit finds mistakes in Rouses Point

— The treasurer already makes a detailed monthly report to the board. He also attends the board meetings, so he's available for any specific questions.

The village has own procurement policy that it follows, and it doesn't need adjustment following the report, said Rivers. They just need to start abiding it more carefully.

The village purchased three vehicles — a hybrid SUV and two pickups —without bidding and not through a state contract vendor. The board's understanding was that they simply had to meet or beat the state contract price, a mistake on their part, said Rivers.

“We weren't aware of these changes the state had done,” he said.

A similar audit about a decade ago found no such problems with village business, even though the same practices were in place then, he said.

When it came to the civic center ceiling, the village was bidding the work. But when mold was found, immediate remediation was required, said Rivers.

“We say it's an emergency repair, the auditors don't,” he said. “We were under pressure to get it done.”

Riverstook umbrage with the report's criticizing a wastewater pump purchase.

“That pump was paid for by an outside entity,” he said. “That should have never been in the report.”

The Independent Energy Efficiency Program paid for the pump, but the cost was entered into the village's accounting. Because a third-party organization paid the cost, there were no tax dollars involved and there's no bidding or state contract issues.

“We made some mistakes, some things should have been taken care of differently,” said Rivers.

*References to the town of Rouses Point were removed, and replaced with village, as Rouses Point is not a town. Thanks are due to Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb for finding the errors.

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