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Haycock completes first independent audit


Haycock Township has passed its first independent audit with flying colors.

At the April 1 public board of supervisors meeting, Cheri Freeh presented a summary of the findings by Hutchinson, Gillahan, & Freeh PC of Quakertown, noting in particular that the firm found “no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies.”

Freeh added a commendation for the township, and its secretary-treasurer, Chris Bauer, as doing “overall a great job,” especially including organization of records. The latter allowed for quick assemblage of documents needed to support claims, and establishing some minor changes in ongoing procedures to make that easier to accomplish in the future.

Bauer, in turn, praised the firm for being “a pleasure to deal with,” and for sending “five or six staff to the site, so that we could finish the whole thing in a single day; if they had sent only one person, it would have taken a week.”

The firm’s task was to audit the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s annual audit and financial report of the township for calendar 2018. During discussion at the supervisors’ meeting, Freeh also recognized the close relationship of township spending to budgeted amounts as “a report card.”

Also at the meeting, Haycock Township Community Center committee representative Dawn Kline reported that the March 18 Penn State Extension presentation on the spotted lanternfly menace drew an audience of about 70, and that a topic of insufficient state funding to combat the menace had been raised.

She added a program presented by the state Game Commission is in the works for 7 p.m. May 14, with the focus “still firming up; so far an overview of local wildlife.”

Roadmaster Dave Long reported that the high winds of March 11 had toppled very large trees on both Pheasant Run and Camp Trail Road, trapping residents on their dead end streets. The crew worked all day and late into the evening on the removals.

Supervisors approved the appointment of Pete Zuck to serve a three-year term on the planning commission, filling a vacancy there.

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