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Audit review will occupy city

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to hear a presentation of the 2012 city audit on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall.

The city annually hires a consultant to perform the audit. While the auditors did not find any “significant” problems with city finances this year, several suggestions were made to improve bookkeeping practices.

Deputy city manager Jason Hilgers said city finance director Bernie Hayen will discuss the suggestions with commissioners as part of the presentation. 

Also Tuesday, commissioners will review McDonald’s request to rezone tracts one and two in the proposed MCD addition from an R-2, two-family residential district, and R-2, two-family residential district with traditional neighborhood overlay district, to C-5, highway service commercial district. The changes would allow McDonald’s to raze its old restaurant and build a new one next to the old site.

The old restaurant is on the corner of Third Street and Vattier Street. The new restaurant, if approved, will be at Fourth Street and Bluemont Avenue on the roundabout.

The Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board recommended approval of the zoning. Commissioners may concur and approve the zoning, override the board’s recommendation and deny the zoning, return the request to the board for further consideration or table the request. To override the board’s request, four out of five commissioners must vote to deny the rezoning request.

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