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DeKalb council preview: TIF audit, HUD money public hearing, and more

TIF audit, Community Development Block Grant public hearing on docket

The Dekalb City Council is expected to reach an employment agreement Monday with interim DeKalb City Manager with Bill Nicklas.
The Dekalb City Council is expected to reach an employment agreement Monday with interim DeKalb City Manager with Bill Nicklas.

DeKALB – The City Council will move to authorize City Manager Bill Nicklas to approve a number of audit agreements relating to tax increment financing during Monday’s meeting.

The council in December earmarked $200,000 to pay for a forensic audit of the city’s past use of TIF money in response to allegations it had misspent the funds for the past several years.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato in December urged the city to allow a forensic audit, using an outside auditor chosen by his office. Nicklas said Monday’s meeting will formalize an agreement on how to pay for the audit.

“Ultimately, we’re paying for [the audit],” Nicklas said Friday. “So there will be some type of understanding, it could be an exchange of letters, a one-page agreement or something that binds us to pay for someone else’s directed work.”

The agreement will authorize Nicklas to assist Amato in the selection of an auditing firm as necessary and to commit the $200,000 to cover the expense.

“We’re starting a process to get a [request for proposal] out [for an outside auditor],” Amato said Friday. “What we’re asking for is that the state’s attorney’s office controls the process.”

More HUD money

The council also will conduct a public hearing to approve an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan, which is a five-year plan that provides direction to development to address housing and community development needs.

As part of the city’s 25th year in the federal Housing and Urban Development program, the city was awarded an additional $459,532, according to the agenda packet. The hearing will gauge public comment on a proposal by the city to reorganize money distribution plans, taking the new sum into consideration.

Also on the agenda

The council will vote to appoint Joyce Stupegia as 3rd Ward alderwoman until her successor can take office after the April election.

In addition to the TIF talks, the council will vote to authorize a severance package settlement former interim City Manager Molly Talkington and finalize an employment contract with Nicklas as the new city manager.

A number of votes will take place in relation to the city providing funds to other public agencies, including votes to authorize $50,000 to the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau and $45,000 to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.


 

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