Year winds down for Anna Council

By Jessica Witer - For the Sidney Daily News

ANNA — The Anna Council met for the first time in November to discuss the work left to accomplish in 2018, as well as their goals for 2019 as the New Year quickly approaches. Anna’s sidewalks are nearly completed, with the unfinished sections to be installed by Thanksgiving —weather permitting — and the village’s Christmas decorations are delivered and ready to be displayed once December arrives.

The audit firm for the village of Anna has been selected by the State of Ohio Auditor. During the review process, the council members were able to use a point system to rank the firms that submitted proposals in order to determine their No. 1 choice and formally suggest their opinion to the State of Ohio Auditor. While they are able to give their suggestion, the auditor makes the final choice, which can go against the Council’s suggestion.

This year, four firms submitted proposals, with the predicted cost ranging from $3,960 to $14,400. The Anna Council ultimately chose the most economical firm, but this choice was rejected by the State of Ohio Auditor.

Selected was Perry & Associates CPA, who has been contracted for Anna’s next three audits at a cost of $13,950 per audit, for a total of $41,850. This choice will cost Anna an extra $10,000 per audit over the next six years, for a total of $30,000 more than if the State Auditor had accepted the council’s choice.

In other news, several items on the agenda for 2019 were discussed, including:

• The fencing for Rover’s Run has been delivered and will be installed shortly. Rover’s Run is a dog park which will be a permanent addition to the Village Park. The addition is fully funded by an Anna resident.

• The Shelby County Bicentennial Committee is searching for people to carry the American flag from Botkins to Anna sometime between the Botkins Carousel and the Anna Homecoming. Several council members have volunteered.

• The village of Anna Park Committee is holding a concert at the St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church on July 14, 2019 at 10:00am. The African Children’s Choir is coming to perform, which will include roughly 18 children visiting us from Africa.

• The water and sewer utility and extension project under Interstate 75 will be opened for bidding Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. Anyone is welcome to make a bid for this project.

By Jessica Witer

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.