ELK GARDEN -- As Elk Garden sends financial records for its 2018-2019 to the state auditor's office, the mayor and council are also tasked with preparing for the 2015-2017 audit.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN -- As Elk Garden sends financial records for its 2018-2019 to the state auditor’s office, the mayor and council are also tasked with preparing for the 2015-2017 audit.
“We can only show them what we’ve got,” said mayor Marian Droppleman of discussions with the state auditor’s office.
“Please don’t think I am being mean. Please make sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed,” urged the mayor to each of the council members. “I don’t want to do through this mess I am going through now from the past administration.”
In other business, the council is continuing to work with the insurance company and the contractor on needed repairs from the water leak at the town hall.
Droppleman described it as “a slow process,” noting that once repairs are made, there will be offices established for the town and police department and the council meeting room will continue to serve as the museum.
Work is continuing on the town equipment and gravel was delivered for winter. Repairs have been made to some of the street lights, but one light still needs to be moved.
While the winter weather cancelled the Christmas parade, Droppleman noted that there was a great turn out for Santa’s visit.
The Christmas tree was planted by Green Acres and a shepherd and lamb were donated for the town nativity scene.
“We’ve got a lot of people who are behind us and supporting us,” said Droppleman as the council met for its first time in the new year. “We’ve got to pull together and keep going forward.”
“We’ve got a lot of good things going,” the mayor added, noting that 190-200 families were served by the recent food drop.
Stops will continue every other month with the dates to be announced for January and March.