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Refuse Authority receives clean audit opinion, continues to market property

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 18, 2020

 This photo — taken in July 2019 — shows a lake that occupies about 20 acres of the Grosse Pointes-Clinton Refuse Disposal Authority’s former incinerator property in Clinton Township.

This photo — taken in July 2019 — shows a lake that occupies about 20 acres of the Grosse Pointes-Clinton Refuse Disposal Authority’s former incinerator property in Clinton Township.

File photo by K. Michelle Moran

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The financial records of the Grosse Pointes-Clinton Refuse Disposal Authority have once again been found to be in good shape.

Those were the results of the most recent independent audit, which covered the 2018-19 fiscal year. The GPCRDA Board voted unanimously to approve the audit during a special meeting Dec. 10 in Grosse Pointe Shores.

In his letter to the GPCRDA Board, auditor Ramie E. Phillips Jr. wrote, in part, “In my opinion, the financial statements … present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the Grosse Pointes-Clinton Refuse Disposal Authority, as of June 30, 2019 and 2018, and the respective changes in financial position and, where applicable, its cash flows thereof for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”

“It was another clean audit,” said certified public accountant Lynn Gustafson, who handles the finances for the GPCRDA, in January. “It was very similar to last year.”

During the 2018-19 fiscal year, one of the rare unexpected expenditures occurred when the GPCRDA needed to replace a portion of the fence that secures its former incinerator property in Clinton Township, at a cost of $31,156.

The GPCRDA is continuing to look for a buyer for the 64-acre property, located at 33701 Lipke Road in Clinton Township, in the area of 14 Mile Road and Interstate 94. The listing agent for the property is John DeWald, a principal with Southfield-based P.A. Commercial, and at press time, the listing price remained at $950,000.

“It’s a delightful, beautiful piece of property,” GPCRDA Board Attorney John Gillooly said during a Jan. 14 GPCRDA meeting in Grosse Pointe City. Gillooly and several officials from the GPCRDA walked the grounds last summer.

GPCRDA Board Chair Brett Smith praised Gustafson for her professionalism in handling the financial records.

“She does such a phenomenal job,” Smith said. “She’s the reason we got a great audit.”

Aside from the partial fence replacement, he said the GPCRDA’s budget for the last fiscal year was also on target.

“We were right on with our budget numbers,” Smith said. “We had no major unforeseen adjustments.”

The GPCRDA handles waste disposal for the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods.