The Wills Point City Council officially turned the page at its regularly scheduled meeting back on Oct. 12, ending the city’s relationship with the city’s longtime auditing firm YWRD, PC.
The council’s frustrations with YWRD, PC. came to a head back in September with members and city leaders questioning how the city’s 2019-’20 audit had not yet been presented despite being on the agenda in both August and September.
Those delays had become part of a growing trend, with city administrator Pam Pearson explaining that the council had to endure similar false starts in recent years.
Council members ultimately opted to chart a different course moving forward, setting out a plan to accept bids for a new auditing firm to be hired.
Bryan Thomas of YWRD, PC. came before the council via Zoom Oct. 12, presenting his firm’s findings on both the city and Wills Point Economic Development Corporation’s 2019-’20 books.
Thomas noted that each audit came back clean, with no major red flags on either.
Following the council’s approval, city administrator Pam Pearson advised what the next course of action should be.
Said Pearson, “We have used YWRD, PC. since 2015. We feel like it is time to send out for an RFP (request for proposal). We have presented that to you prior to sending it out. I did find two firms at the Texas Municipal League conference I attended last week that would be interested, and would like that email sent to them.
“One of those firms audits Mineola. Mercy (Mineola City Manager Mercy Rushing) has spoken highly of them and the timely manner that they continue to audit for them. Hopefully we can find someone that will meet all of our criteria in the future.”
Current plans call for bids to be accepted up until Nov. 3, with the council ultimately choosing a new auditing firm at their Nov. 9 meeting.
In other business:
-The council approved requested road closures by the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce for the 2021 Christmas Bazaar and Parade.
-The council approved a mowing agreement with RLM Lawn Care.
-The council issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 1-5 “Municipal Court Week” in the City of Wills Point.
-The next Wills Point City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 9.