The Monticello City Council was introduced to Natalie Randall, the new parks and recreation director on Tuesday, March 24 at the conclusion of her first day on the job.
Natalie is the wife of Dustin Randall, a Monticello native, and comes to the city from the University of Utah Hospital, where she was previously employed to provide inpatient rehabilitation services and focused on adaptive recreation.
Natalie announced that along with her job with the city, she will help her husband open a business which will be located at 117 North Main. ROAM is an off-road bikepacking business that will provide off-road bike touring and climbing.
A business license for another new business was approved by the council. The home-based business is located at 139 North and 100 West, and is named San Juan Biological, LLC.
Owner Kaitlin Motes was present at the meeting to answer questions. The interesting enterprise is in the process of collecting specimens to be used for medical research.
The five year contract for city engineering services has expired. The council decided to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) and see if there is any interest.
The council said the city has been served well by Jones and DeMille Engineering and hopes they will submit an RFP and be considered in the process.
City Manager Ty Bailey reported on a recent meeting he had with the state auditor’s office about the last city audit.
Bailey explained that he wanted to understand the accounting processes and take steps to comply with several findings in the audit. Bailey said the software the city uses has not been fully utilized in the past. Instead of running separate spreadsheets for various programs, classifications within the software will allow the city to integrate all of the accounting functions in a single software program.
Bailey explained that one of the major deficiencies of the audit was the inability to tie monies in to exact expenditures. All funds need to be tracked accurately. Bailey said by using the codes in the existing software, he hopes to resolve all of the issues.
Internal controls are being identified and addressed in a separation of duties. Bailey said a small staff has obviously created some of these issues. He is having the personnel policies updated and with the hiring of Randall, he said there is sufficient staff to delineate an adequate separation of duties.
The council had received communication from the north end of Main Street about the lack of streetlights near the Rodeway Inn.
Bailey said they will take the concerns to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Empire Electric and see what can be done to address the concern. Bailey will then report back to the council.