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City denies extension for accounting firm

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 10:51 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 1:37 p.m. CDT

Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen & Co. accounting firm of Creston has handled auditing services for the city of Creston for more than 10 years. But, that streak of service ended Tuesday.

Why?

The local firm missed the city’s Nov. 22 deadline for all proposals to be submitted because of a "scheduling error." Randy Cook, CPA for Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen & Co., was present at Tuesday’s city council meeting held at the restored Creston Depot.

Cook had requested via letter the deadline be extended so his firm could submit their audit proposal.

“We have enjoyed a long working arrangement with the city and would like to be able to work with and continue to provide services to the city,” Cook said in the letter. “Thank you for considering our request for extension of the deadline for the submission of the audit proposal.”

However, the council denied Cook’s request to extend the deadline citing they’ve never extended a deadline in the past and wouldn’t want to set a precedent for the future.

Instead, the council voted 5-0 in favor of hiring Martens and Co. of West Des Moines. Nancy Loudon and Paul Vandevender were absent Tuesday. The contract with Martens and Co. is for three years where they will be paid a total of $46,600.

In other city news Tuesday:

• Creston Fire Department received a $3,500 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The money will be used to purchase six sets of Nomex wildland gear — lighter in weight — used specifically to battle grassfires.

The grant will also pay for two new mobile radios, two nozzle fittings and 11 units of foam that’s mixed with water to better combat fires.

• Two mowing nuisance properties at 510 N. Maple and 908 W. Adair St., were identified by the council. The property owners owe the city $325 and $175, respectively. The council approved a resolution to collect these past due payments in the same manner as general property taxes.

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