Spring Lake’s mayor invited the state treasurer to come to the town as part of an effort to improve communication between town officials and the Local Government Commission, which took control of Spring Lake’s finances in October.
Mayor Kia Anthony also requested monthly meetings with State Treasurer Dale Folwell, who serves as chairman of the state commission.
The commission took over the town’s finances after state officials became concerned that the town wouldn’t meet its obligations. State Auditor Beth Wood released a report in March on her office’s investigation that found evidence of significant wrongdoing involving more than a half-million dollars of Spring Lake’s money.
On April 6, Folwell wrote a letter on behalf of the commission to Anthony and the Spring Lake Board of Aldermen.
Folwell’s letter said the commission has questions about the board’s compliance with the state’s Open Meetings Law, compliance with state law regarding financial matters, and cooperation with the commission’s staff.
Anthony provided detailed responses in a letter dated April 12. She said the board is committed to working collaboratively with the commission to restore the town’s fiscal health and long-term viability.
Anthony said in the letter that communication is key to good relations. She said she is committing to strengthening communication between the town and the commission and trusts that Folwell will do the same.
“I believe that by doing so, we can talk directly to each other and promptly resolve matters of concern thereby avoiding public misunderstandings,” Anthony said.
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Folwell said in an interview Friday that he…
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