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City Court Audit Shows Disorganized Records and Missing Money
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Missing money, disorganized records, inaccurate, and incomplete records, amended tickets without approval of the judge, were some of the things listed in a recent audit on the Shelbina Municipal Court.
   The audit was released by Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Monday morning.
   It identified concerns with court operations, including disorganized records, missing money and practices that increase the risk for loss or misuse of public dollars.
   “My audit shows a court in disarray, with muddled financial records and a lack of oversight that allowed the previous court clerk to make decisions on cases that were not approved and not based on court rules or the law,” Auditor Galloway said. “It is unacceptable for a public body to operate in this manner, and it raises concerns as to whether citizens have routinely received unfair treatment by this court.”
   In the course of the investigation, auditors found the clerk was able to change tickets and fines without approval from the judge. This lack of oversight allowed the clerk to determine what would be charged for certain violations without regard to what is permitted in the fine schedule. In one example, the clerk charged a defendant $200 more than the approved amount.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Auditor Recommendations for Shelbina
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Listed below are the auditor’s recommendations to the Shelbina Municipal Court and the reponses from the City to each recommendation pertaining to the recent audit.
   Receipt, Transmittal, and Deposit Records
   Auditor Recommendation: The City of Shelbina Municipal Division ensure records are maintained to identify receipts and all receipts are turned over to the city or deposited into the court’s bond account with appropriate supporting documentation.
   City Response: We agree with the recommendation and have implemented an Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA) approved case management system to address this recommendation.
   Accounting Controls and Procedures
   Auditor Recommendation: Ensure documented independent or supervisory reviews of municipal division accounting records are periodically performed.
   City Response: The Municipal Division and City Clerk agree with the recommendation. The Municipal Judge will review the bond account every six months and the City Clerk will review the case management system reports for all other fees.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Shelbina City Council Gets Update on City Improvement Project; Wastewater Project
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The Shelbina City Council received an update on the City improvement project and the wasteweater improvement and compliance projects during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting at the Shelbina City Hall.
   City Improvement
   Shelbina City Clerk Tim Lacy reported things are going slow with the City Improvement project. He said they were back in town this past week and made changes that they discovered they needed to make with the gas meters. They feel they are close to being done with the gas meters.
   He noted that last month they were read on the 27th of the month and this month they will be read on the 26th. So everybody should be back to a 30 day billing cycle. Lacy is guessing bills will be high again this month with the cold weather.
   Klusmeyer said they checked out Alan Denham’s meter and couldn’t find anything wrong with the way it was working.
   They are hoping the crews will be done by the first of March or even sooner if possible. Lacy said there have been some frustrations with the City workers having to discover errors of Schneider Electric and the people working for them.
   Court Audit Release
   Dimmitt reported that they couldn’t dig too deep into the discussion without Shelbina City Marshal Jerry Fenton and City Prosecutor John Wilcox present at the meeting.
   Dimmitt did ask if the City should find a way of auditing itself to make sure it’s following the proper plan. Lacy said once the new computer system is in place, they could run some kind of report and bring it back to the council for review. Dimmitt also suggested maybe Lacy go along with the court clerk to have two people be familiar with the program and be able to work together if a problem arises.
   Lacy said the problem was it was an all manual process before, which allowed for too much chance for error. He thinks things will go much better with the new system.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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The South Shelby Boys Basketball team won the North Shelby Tournament by defeating Marceline in the championship game Saturday night at North Shelby High School. The Cardinals came in a fourth seed and defeated North Shelby in the first round, top seeded Scotland County in the second round before reaching the championship game against Marceline. Pictured above (front row, left to right) are Ransom Chapin, C.J. Glover, Parker Pfannenstiel and Guy Timbrook. (back row) Head Coach Brian Patterson, Alec Patterson, Brock Wood, Dylan Boling, Dawson Wood, Clayson Patterson, Luke Farrell and assistant coach Andy Roth.   8638 1704 1/25/2017 hdl

Cards Win the North Shelby Tournment
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Luke Farrell shoots a three against Marceline on Saturday, January 21, during the championship game of the North Shelby Tournament.

In an us against the world atmosphere, the South Shelby Cardinals were able to overcome a hostile crowd and defeat a very good Marceline team for the second time in just over a week. This time it earned them a first place trophy at the North Shelby Tournament as they defeated the Tigers 58-56 Saturday night.
   South Shelby had a strong night from sophomore Brock Wood who finished with a team high 18 points. He also had three rebounds.
   The Cardinals trailed 18-16 after one quarter of play and were able to cut the lead to 37-36 at the half.
   “I thought we played pretty well. We were tired (after the triple overtime game against North Shelby and the overtime game against Scotland County earlier in the week). But I thought our kids really fought through that.
   After Alec Patterson was able to knock down three first half 3-pointers, Marceline came out of its 2-3 zone, switching to a box and 1 on Patterson.
   “We ran good offense and got some good looks. Brock really took the ball to the hole strong,” Patterson said.
   Foul trouble caught up with the Cardinals in the second half as both Dawson Wood and Clayson Patterson fouled out.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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