Heights hires city accountant
By Ben Walker
April 27, 2006 | RIVER HEIGHTS --
The City Council welcomed Jim Brackner as the city's
accounting and financial officer Tuesday evening. Brackner's
job, which is an appointed position, did not previously
exist. He will be a city employee for one year as a
sort of trial period.
"We'd like to have him stay for a lot longer than
that and we hope that he can and we hope that he can
extend that to 10 years," Mayor Todd Weston said.
Brackner taught for about eight years at Brigham Young
University and earned a Ph.D. from the University of
Alabama. He was a member of Utah State Univerity's faculty
One reason the city hired Brackner was to help with
the yearly audit.
"I think we'll find Jim has more knowledge than the
auditors do," Councilman Brent Greenhalgh said.
"I do know there's a lot more work here," Brackner
said. "It's like an iceberg in what you see."
The council also discussed a sewer project near 800
South that engineers estimated would cost $150,000,
but the city received only a $247,000 bid on the project.
"This has been the hardest thing to get contractors
to bid on this thing," Greenhalgh said.
"We're trying to see if it's feasible to come behind
the houses," Councilman Bill Baker said. "The problem
is, it would cost us a fortune to go down the state
Councilwoman Mary Barrus reported her work toward
September's Apple Days events. She said there was a
meeting held to discuss what kinds of activities would
be involved. "We ranged from the spectrum of 'we don't
need it anymore, cut it out,' to 'yes we do, we're looking
forward to it," Barrus said.
Barrus said there was also talk of eliminating the
Apple Days parade for which princesses have already
been selected. "My feeling on that is, if we don't have
a parade, why do we need the princesses? I'm leaning
towards keeping the parade even though that's my least