Vermont State Auditor Randy Brock’s report dictated that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) should seek repayment of $30,976 from three local government entities: $7,508 from the Village of Johnson; $19,650 from the Town of Norwich; and $3,818 from Rutland County Clerks Collaborative (RCCC).The Village of Johnson applied for a grant to replace equipment destroyed in a fire at the fire department building. At the same time, they acquired another reimbursement for this equipment by its insurance company and through the approval of DPS. The Town of Norwich applied for a grant to install a backup generator for its municipal building. However, a bulk of its matching contribution included the appraised value of a generator that was acquired several years prior. RCCC applied for a grant to hire a consultant to conduct risk assessments for its 14 member towns. To meet the local match requirement a DPS employee improperly encouraged the RCCC to submit the value of donated time by a paid contractor and false documentation of a cash vendor payment.In each of these cases, federal grant requirements or DPS accounting policies were violated. Brock’s report was a recommendation that DPS set up a process for tracking audit findings to resolution to be sure that all identified improper repayments are fully reimbursed.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLet me ask you some questions: In case of a tornado, what do you do? Where do you go? In case of an earthquake, where do you go? In case of a nuclear bomb, what do you do? How do you retrieve your kids to keep them sale and uncontaminated? How do you get from your job to your vehicle and from your vehicle to your home. How to you find safety from fallout? How and when do you decontaminate? What happens if you have to leave your home? Where do you go? What do you need to survive? How do you survive looting?Remember these threats are real and it’s going to happen — it’s a matter of when.The main thing is to be prepared. Don’t depend on first responders. They also have families. If prepared, you have a 99.9 percent chance of surviving disasters. Does Gov. Andrew Cuomo have any ideas? I don’t think so. You will have TV and radio warnings, but without being prepared of what to do or where to go could cause chaos, and you will be killing each other on the road. The idea is to stay calm and know what to do before it happens. All you anti-gunners will not survive. You won’t have any defense against looters to protect you and your family from rape, theft and deaths.Claude Rizzicone Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash