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Hinesville receives favorable audit
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The city received a favorable audit for its submitted comprehensive annual financial report from spending last fiscal year.
Chris Lightle of Karp, Roning & Tindol CPA presented the review July 3 during the city council meeting.
"We have encountered no significant difficulties in dealing with management in performing and completing our audit," Lightle read from the report said.
During the meeting, assistant city manager Kenneth Howard also provided mayor and council with recommendations for public service agency funding.
The city received $296,335 from the Housing and Urban Development Entitlement program and 15 percent of those funds were set aside for public service agencies.
Three local public service agencies applied for the award and of those, the review board recommended granting Atlantic Area Court-Appointed Special Advocates and Senior Citizens, Inc. $15,000 each.
The council decided to accept the recommendation from the review board and approved the nonprofit organizations of the suggested amount.
Court-Appointed Special Advocates is made up of volunteers who "speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts," according to its mission statement.
Senior Citizens, Inc. provides a local "Meals on Wheels" program, which delivers hot, nutritionally balanced meals to senior citizens.
They also are afforded the added amenity of the pleasant company from the deliverers.
Sandy Griffin, director of marketing for Senior Citizens, Inc., spoke for the agency, saying it was "thrilled about receiving the grant."
"We expect to be able to provide for 11,000 individuals in the Liberty County area," she said.
The funds would allow for 740 hours to be contributed toward the local adult day care center operational three days a week.
The grant's third applicant, Kirk Healing Center, was denied the funds mainly due to its status as a first-year establishment.
"We feel that agency ... does not have the capacity, at this point in time, to administer a grant of this magnitude," Howard explained.
The organization provides assistance to battered women.
Mayor Jim Thomas, who is part of the center's board, called the center's purpose a "very worthwhile project."
"It reaches people we don't reach otherwise in the city," Thomas said. "Hopefully next year we can have it to the point where they can qualify."
Howard assured the city will "continue to work with them."
The remaining HUD Entitlement funds will go toward the Azalea street redevelopment project, as "a continuing effort to redevelop phase two," Howard told the council.
Redevelopment will include public facilities, water and sewer installation and other infrastructure, but would not be used for housing construction, as stipulated in federal regulations.

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