Wayland City budget fund balance continues to grow

Martin Beckwith prepares to present photos of the bike rack to City Council.

The City of Wayland was awarded another clean audit Monday evening by the accounting firm of Siegfried Crandall of Portage.

The audit showed total revenue of $3,113,414 for fiscal year 2020-21, expenditures of $2,566,884 and an increased fund balance of $1,703,107.

The biggest source of revenue has been $1,837,487 in local property taxes, $589,665 in state revenue sharing and $426,564 in charges for services. The largest expense for the city over the past year has been $1,365,125 for public safety and $69,844 for public works.

Reporting the audit figures was accountant Dan Veldhuizen of Siegfried Crandall, who again offered praise for City Treasurer Cheri Parrish.

In other business Monday evening, the council:

  • Was presented with photos of the newly-completed bicycle rack near the entrance at the Rabbit River Trail and park by Boy Scout Martin Beckwith, who is working on his Eagle Scout badge.
  • Approved the recommendation of the Planning Commission to grant a special use permit to Leo Wiseman to construct an accessory building larger than what is permitted in the residential neighborhood. His biggest stumbling block was that he was seeking a 12-foot-high wall in order to be able to back in and store his pontoon boat. He was granted only a 10-foot wall.
  • Had the first reading of a proposed ordinance to allow Gavin and Curtis Klaver to use contractors’ yards as a permitted use in an I-2 (industrial) district on 133rdAvenue across the street from Woodhams. Curtis Klaver said his brother intends to construct a 36-by-42-foot barn at the 2.69-acre site to store equipment from his landscaping business in Wayland Township.
  • Granted official approval for the annual Art Hop downtown from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

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