Mckenna Associates had a invoice for January and February on the last agenda packet you can see this on the city web site Number 6-9 this invoice was for $27,844.26. What I find interesting is when you scroll down to the end last page C. Reimbursable Previous Unpaid Invoices. These invoices go back to September 2010 thru January total of these are $66,743.57. (The salary of the assistant to the Mayor is 60,000.00) The city is still waiting for around $400,000.00 all of the money that has come back from the state and still outstanding is money that was paid out by the city.. I do not think the money we are getting from the state includes the unpaid invoices for Mckenna. Remember the city is only allowed 10% of the grant fund to go towards the administration of the grant. The city has relied almost entirely on a third-party administrator to administer NSP Grant. The Grant Manager who is or was as of today the assistant to the Mayor did not charge her time that she worked on the grant. How much money could the city have saved if someone who knew what they were doing was administering this grant from the city.
The grant was not designed to cost a city money out of their general fund it was designed to have knowledgeable people within the city administering the grant. Right now all of the money owed to McKenna will be paid out of the general fund of the city. At a time when the city can least afford this they are going to have to pay the bill. This is not including outstanding invoices from Wade Trim you can see them on the same invoice from McKenna total for these $16,773.92. How do all of these numbers play into the 2009-2010 budget that is a deficit budget. Do these number have an effect on the 2011-2012 budget don’t outstanding payments have to be carried over these are what I consider expenses. If you look at the proposed budget there is no line item for NSP. There is still 800,000.00 that has been committed to spend on NSP those committed funds are from the general fund there is no mention of them in the budget again this is an expenses. If this does not need to be in the budget shouldn’t there at least be a separate report that shows the taxpayers what is out standing and what funds are committed for the NSP Grant.
I would also like to point out that one of the charges from McKenna is for arranging a Channel 7 News interview regarding NSP can someone please tell me what the hell that is about now I need to pay McKenna to arrange interviews with the news media. Oh isn’t this the interview with the program manager the assistant to the Mayor? Why would she need McKenna to arrange anything? Well you guys take a look at it, look at what they are charging the city for..