Town of Van Horn seeking new auditing firm

The Van Horn City Council on Tuesday night heard from City Administrator Fran Malafronte that she had received notice from J. Shaw Skinner, the City’s auditor, that he and his partner Danielle Lara, had sold the governmental auditing portion of his firm to Gibson, Ruddock & Patterson, Inc. from El Paso.  

Council agreed to advertise for requests for proposals (RFPs) from interested, qualified governmental auditors before deciding on another auditing firm.

Council then authorized the purchase of ten new trash dumpsters and a 30-cubic yard container to be placed at the landfill with plans to buy more dumpsters in the near future.  The city is now providing roll off service since replacing Duncan Disposal at substantial savings to the city.

Golf course manager Raul Rodriguez requested permission to close the course from March 17th through March 20th for aeration in preparation for the upcoming golf season and the annual golf tournament in August.

Mayor Pro Tem Pam Young then proposed that the city donate the Mike Barrandey Memorial Little League Park to CCAISD, pending the district’s approval.  The baseball field was donated to the city in 2008 by the local Jaycees and has recently been used by the Van Horn High School girls’ baseball team for their home games.

Council agreed to waive event fees for the Convention Center and to donate  refreshments for the annual “Run for the Wall,” as requested by run coordinator, Patti Scott. Council also voted to donate $200 to the culinary arts class taught by Joy Scott, who will cater the annual “Building Bridges Art Show” in April.