Commissioner Paul Coleman brought several items of discussion to the Piedmont City Council members recently dealing with an independent audit and future work on the Back Street Park.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Commissioner Paul Coleman brought several items of discussion to the Piedmont City Council members recently dealing with an independent audit and future work on the Back Street Park.
About the audit, he said that it was time to have one, with the state being contacted, and, “They are getting a name of an auditor for us from their approved supply list.”
“We are now waiting on the state,” Coleman said, but in the meantime, “I want to look into an independent source to come in and look at our finances.”
He saw no problem with the finances for Piedmont as he said, “We are comfortable with what has been accomplished here, as far for records and bookkeeping.”
The council agreed with Coleman’s idea to have an in-house audit “to see exactly where we are at.”
Coleman suggested someone local be contacted to do the independent audit.
He also reported on the recent Prayer Day in the Back Street Park, saying it was successful, with another same type happening at the park to take place as soon as the planning is completed.
Coleman wanted to move forward with the construction of a stage for the park, with thoughts on receiving grants to finance the construction.
“I know grants take a long time,” he said and added, “I know people in this town and surrounding towns that would donate materials, time, and labor” to assist with building the stage.
Coleman said that as progress begins, “We could name the park after someone.”
He said that his top priority with the park and receiving donations would be to “do it legally.”
Commissioner Ben Smith, who served as the former mayor of Piedmont, said that he could find nothing in the rule book prohibiting donations to the town, only, “They have to be used for the people” of the community.
Mayor Paula Boggs is in the process of seeking grant opportunities for funding the stage, naming the Reeves and Wind Force grants as possibilities.
In other business, the subject of the changing the day of the week and the time for a council meeting will be placed on the agenda for the next council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m.
She said she would look through the ordinance book to find out exactly the information showing the day of the week and time of day a council meeting is to be held.