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Page Four N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, July 11, 2019 ./ Auditor of State Releases Special Investigation By Rob Sand, Auditor of the State of Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand today released a report on a special investigation of the City of Martensdale Fire Department (Department) and the Martensdale Volunteer Firefighters Association (Association) for the period December 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017. Extended procedures were also performed for specific concerns presented, including the sale of City property in 2014. The special investigation was requested by City officials as a result of concerns regarding the disposition of a donation made to the Association by the City and the propriety of certain financial transactions of the Department and the Association. Sand reported the special investigation identified $567.94 of improper dis- bursements, $4,670.93 of unsupported disbursements, and $1,870.23 of disbursements from the City's bank accounts held for the Department for which the public purpose was not clearly documented. The $567.94 of improper disbursements identified includes: -$254.94 of checks issued to vendors, -$150.00 of late fees on the Department's fuel card, -$91.00 of membership dues for individuals who were not active members of the Department, and -$72.00 of delivery fees paid for receiving hard copy statements for the Department's fuel card. , The $4,670.93 of unsupported disbursements identified includes $1,858.43 of checks issued to vendors, $1,378.65 of purchaSes on the Department's fuel card, $1,000.00 of membership dues and conference :registrations, a $385 00 cash withdrawal, and $48.85 of EMS medications. The $1,870.23 of disbursements identified for which the public purpose was not clearly documented includes: -$1,300.00 for campsites at an annual convention, -$526.00 of membership dues for active members of the Fire Department, and -$44.23 for the purchase of a gift basket. Sand also reported the special investigation identified $104.00 of improper disbursements, $1,300.00 of unsupported disbursements, and $814.15 of disbursements from the Association's bank account for which the public purpose was not clearly docu- mented. The $104.00 of improper disbursements identified was for mem- bership dues for individuals who were not active members of the Depart-ment. The $1,300.00 of unsupported disburse- ments identified and the $814.15 of disbursements identified for which the public purpose was not clearly docu- mented consist of checks issued to vendors. Sand reported it was not possible to determine if any additional improper disbursements were made or if all donations and collections were properly deposited during the period of the investigation because adequate records were not available. The report includes recommendations for the Department and Association to strengthen internal controls, such as improvements to segregation of duties, maintaining supporting documentation for all disbursements, and ensuring all disbursements are properly approved by the City Council or Association officials. Copies of the report have been filed with the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Warren County Attorney's Office, and the Attorney General's Office. A copy of the report is available for review on the Auditor of State's web site at https'J/auditor.iowa.gov/reports/ audit reports( 4, ON HELP NEEDED!! 61eeson is accepting applications for the following positions: Laborers starting at $17.00- $20.00 Carpenters starting at $21.00- $25.00 Ironworkers starting at $2120- $25.00 Norwalk's Ethan Pieper Graduates U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Ethan Jacob Pieper, son of Alayne and Mel Pieper, of Norwalk recently graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Aca- demy (USMMA) at Kings Point, NY. Pieper earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U. S. armed forces. He also earned a Merchant Marine officer license, qualifying him to serve as an officer on any ship in the U.S. flag merchant marine. The United States Merchant Marine Aca- demy is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine offi- cers. In addition to the rigorous academic and physical requirements for admission, applicants must be nominated by their Congressman or Senator. Pieper was nominated to the elite federal service academy by Senator Chuck Grassley. All USMMA graduates earn both a B.S. degree and a merchant marine license and incur an obligation to serve the United States. The U.S. Flag Merchant Marine manned by U.S. merchant mariners - is essential for securing the country's commerce in peacetime and delivering warfighters, weapons, and military supplies in times of conflict. The majority of "Kings Pointers" will serve as Navy reservists in the Strategic Sealift Officer Program while working aboard U.S. flag vessels; others will serve on active duty in our nations' armed forces. Due to their elite training and real-world experience, graduates are ready to go on day one in service of American military strength and economic power. As part of his four year education, Pieper spent one year training as a cadet aboard ocean going vessels. He is a graduate of Norwalk Senior High School. For more information about the Academy, visit https://www.usmma.edu/. New Social Security Disability Benefits Website Iowa Workforce De- velopment partnered with state and local agencies to develop the new Iowa Disability Benefits Network. The webslte provides infor- mation for recipients of Social Security disability benefits, their families, and professionals sup- porting people with disabilities. The site includes resources for employ- ment support, instruc- tions for reporting wages to Social Security, informative videos about Social Security benefits, and other information for Iowans with disabilities. The content aligns with the requirements of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and focuses on developing Iowa's workforce. Iowa Disability Bene- fits Network also pro- vides information to help clarify some of the misconceptions sur- rounding Social Security disability benefits and employment. "Many individuals with disabilities want to work, but don't pursue em- ployment for fear of losing their Social Security or health care benefits," said David Mitchell, administrator of Iowa Vocational Re- habilitation Services. "The website is not only for individuals receiving disability benefits, but also for employers and benefits counselors who need accurate, up-to-date information." 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