Auditor says Boyceville in good financial shape

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — According to the latest financial audit for 2013, the Village of Boyceville is in good financial shape for the general fund and the sewer and water funds.

Tom Kortas, a CPA with Clifton Larson Allen LLP, reported on the 2013 audit at the Boyceville Village Board’s Monday night meeting.

The general fund had an ending balance of $3.5 million, with $2.7 million “not spendable” and another $393,000 in committed funds, Kortas said.

The village’s undesignated fund balance is $401,000, representing 36 percent of the general fund expenditures, he said.

Boyceville has a “significant fund balance and is in a financially healthy position,” Kortas said.

“It’s a decent number. You worry when you have a negative unassigned balance,” he said.

The water utility is in good financial shape as well, Kortas said.

The water utility ended 2013 with a surplus of $19,000, which compares to a surplus of $29,000 for 2012, he said.

In 2013, the water utility’s revenue increased, but the expenses also increased, Kortas noted.

For now, the water rates do not need to be increased, he said.

The sewer utility ended 2013 with a surplus of $60,000, compared to a surplus of $48,000 for 2012, Kortas said.

Expenses for the sewer utility decreased in 2013 as compared to the expenses in 2012, which included sludge removal, he said.

Boyceville has an outstanding debt of $805,000, with the total being just over $1 million with the interest added in, along with sewer and water revenue bonds of $360,000, Kortas said.

“It’s nice to report that (Boyceville) is in good shape for the general fund and the sewer and water funds,” he said.

The Boyceville Village Board unanimously accepted the 2013 year-end financial report.

Water problems

As is the case with many municipalities in west central Wisconsin this year, Boyceville also has endured its share of frozen water lines.

Don Rose, director of public works, reported that after flushing the hydrant on Second Street last week and finding that the hydrant was slushy, the hydrant is now running to keep the water main open.

Last Monday, Rose said he made the decision to notify village residents to run water continuously from one faucet and published a notice in the Tribune Press Reporter.

Rose also said he went door-to-door to tell people to run their water.

Herb Dow, village trustee, wondered about the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s position when residents are asked to run water but do not comply.

Rose said he recalled that once people are notified to run their water, if they do not, then it is not village’s responsibility to make sure they have running water if the water laterals freeze up.

Running water continuously also helps keep the sewer lines from freezing up, Rose noted.

Other business

In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:

• Learned that the Boyceville Police Department had handled 81 incidents in January, including 27 parking violations and three burglaries. The burglaries included six locks cut off at the Boyceville storage units although only a drill that no longer works was reported missing, said Boyceville Police Chief Dan Wellumson. Another burglary involved an iPod missing from a house and a decorative plate missing from the West CAP apartments, he said, noting that the five petty thefts involved videos that had not been returned to BP.

• Approved an application for an airplane hangar lease from G&G Smith LLP. The motion also included the stipulation that a notice be sent to all lease holders that the village will review the rates and a possible increase could be put in place for May 1. Boyceville charges four cents per square foot, and the hangar lease approved by the village board will cost $87.36 for one year. Keith Sorensen, village trustee, noted that some municipalities charge $150 per month for hangar leases.

• Approved bartender operator’s licenses for Brenda Larson, Teralyn Sutliff and Denise Schreiber.

• Approved a letter of agreement from the Dunn County Department of Human Services to use the community center. Dow, Jonathan Farrell, Bud Gilbertson, Sorensen and Gilbert Krueger (village president) voted for the motion. Village Trustees John Hellmann and Brian Wolff voted against the motion.