Audit: Police accounting risks funds misuse; Audit: Source of travel funds criticized; Council comment unchanged, so far

patriotnewBarnstable NEWS, Tuesday, December 12, 2006

An October audit of the Barnstable Police Department’s cash policies and payments showed a system “with serious weaknesses” and in need of change.
An audit of separate Police Department cash accounts, including one described as the Federal Forfeiture Main Account, found the latter was used to reimburse four employees in cash, $8,449.92, for expenses incurred while in Miami for a September 2005 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference.
The town council delayed its vote on a request to change how public comment is handled at town council meetings.

New fees schedule approved
When the Town of Barnstable takes over management at the Hyannis Golf Club on Dec. 31, a new set of fees will be ready to tee off. Town Manager John Klimm approved a new slate of fees for various operations town wide, including fees for the soon-to-be two-course golf operation. The cost of a resident membership will rise from $700 to $775.

Human Rights Day marks rite of passage for commission
The anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights was observed Saturday by about 100 Cape Codders who had something of their own to celebrate. Earlier this month, the Assembly of Delegates voted to recommend that the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission become a permanent part of county government.

Osterville Village Christmas Open House & Stroll
They’ve been hosting this party for 37 years, so you can be sure they’ve got it right! Osterville’s homage to the season combines the charm of shops in a seaside village with the reverence of an outdoor ecumenical crèche service that brings the whole proceedings to a halt for about half an hour at 6 p.m.

GAUVIN-Change attitudes, not agenda, to salvage public comment
Was it just a fluke or did Town Councilor Hank Farnham’s final initiative as council president last week actually make a difference even though it didn’t come to a vote? Here's something to consider. Farnham’s attempt to foster changes in the public comment process, first of all, didn’t generate much opposition given the amount of indignant clamor it spawned among the town’s handful of serial commentators and free-speech sentinels.

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