Corriverton Town Council suspends treasurer over financial irregularities

first_imgCorriverton MayorWinston RobertsThe Corriverton Town Council wants the Local Government Commission (LGC) to dismiss its Treasurer, whom it alleges has been engaged in gross financial irregularities, causing the Council to be in debt.In a recent statement, Corriverton Mayor Winston Roberts said the Council has written the Commission about the Treasurer’s actions and recommended that she be dismissed after sending her on administrative leave last week.According to Roberts, this decision was taken after it was uncovered that she deliberately misled the Council, kept inaccurate records and could not account for an expenditure of some $3.2 million.“As a direct of result of the municipal Treasurer’s actions, the Council spent money that it never had in 2017/2018, and now finds itself in a deficit of $3.2 million for the year 2019. This will adversely affect the execution of a number of projects and the delivery of services by the Council. Needless to say, the Council has been placed in an embarrassing position,” the Mayor lamented.Roberts explained that the glaring deficit was discovered back in February upon examination of the Council’s records and financial statements prepared by the Treasurer. According to the Mayor, the Council has been requesting a proper explanation from the Treasurer on the matter but she had been giving several different explanations.“One explanation given by the municipal Treasurer is that the sum of $3.2 was utilised to purchase a skid steer in the year 2016. However, the records of the Council that were prepared by the Treasurer shows no expenditure in the year 2016,” Roberts stated.Furthermore, the Mayor went on to claim that before a decision was made, the Treasurer’s personal file was reviewed by the Councillors and it was revealed that due to her “gross incompetence”, the Council lost in excess of $3.6 million in rates and taxes from the Black Bush Rice Milling Company for the period 2007 to 2016, which she claimed was a miscalculation.“For this infraction, the Council had recommended to the Local Government Commission that the [Treasurer] be suspended but no action was taken by the Local Government Commission to date. Taking the above matters into consideration and other infractions, the Council immediately after its ordinary meeting dispatched a letter to the Local Government Commission with its recommendation. Given the serious nature of the issues raised, the Council is expecting swift action from the Local Government Commission. It is hoped that there will be no foot-dragging,” the mayor posited.On the other hand, however, Roberts revealed that despite being sent on leave on May 22, the Treasure turned up to work the following day and declared that she spoke with “her people” at the Local Government Commission and “she is not going anywhere” and that “no one can touch her from the Council.”In light of this, the Corriverton Mayor said the Council has taken the necessary steps to secure all records and the office of the Town Council. He said the Council holds strong of its decision to send the Treasurer on administrative leave pending any investigations or decisions of the LGC since it has “absolutely no confidence” in her, and that her continued presence on the job will undermine any investigation undertaken.Nevertheless, Mayor Roberts pointed out that despite the glaring financial irregularities uncovered involving public funds, the Commission seems “quite comfortable” with the Treasurer remaining on the job pending a decision.Chairman of LGCMortimer Mingolast_img read more

Swilly Seals triumph over Lecale of Downpatrick in third round of Provincial Towns League

first_imgIn water temperatures of 29c and air temperatures of 30c, the Seals hosted Lecale of Downpatrick in the third round of the Provincial Towns League on Saturday 7th.With swimmers training throughout the Christmas holidays and looking very sharp on the night they absolutely dominated the Co Down outfit throughout all the age groups.Being a home gala the Seals swam around 80 swimmers, some taking part in exhibition swims to showcase their talents. They swam brilliantly and impressed their coaches highly. After two and a half hours of competition and 64 races the Seals scored 650 points and Lecale 494.Well done to all swimmers who took part and a big thanks to all the parents who helped run the gala. A big thank you also to Lecale Swimming Club for making the long journey and for a very exciting competition.Paddy Bond, who is one of the coaches of the senior squad with the Seals took part in the Ice Swimming World Championships in Germany on Friday 6th January.Paddy swam the one kilometre race in water temperatures of 3c with an air temperature of -28c. Ice had to be cut back to form a 25 meter pool. With only swim attire permitted Paddy swam the race in 17 minutes lifting a world championship gold medal for his efforts. A massive well done from all at the Swilly Seals Swimming Club. The club’s next League fixture is on the 28th January at home against Newry and Mourne.In the meantime some swimmers will represent the club at the Bangor Long Course Championships and the Swim Ulster Development Meet in Omagh.Swilly Seals triumph over Lecale of Downpatrick in third round of Provincial Towns League was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lecale of downpatrickPaddy Bondprovincial towns leagueSwilly SealsSWIMMINGlast_img read more