The Rose Hill City Council chose a new firm to provide city audits

The Rose Hill City Council chose a new firm to provide city audits at its meeting Jan. 6. This will be the first time in at least 16 years that a different company will conduct the annual evaluation of accounts.

“In addition to saving money, staff thought it would be a good idea for a new set of eyes to look over the books,” City Administrator Kathy Axelson told the council. Four requests for proposal were sent out, and Varney and Associates of Manhattan came in with the winning bid.

“I checked with some of my colleagues in that area, and Varney and Associates comes highly recommended,” Axelson said. There were no complaints about the previous auditing company, Peterson Peterson and Goss, she said.

Changing companies will save the city more than $3,000 over the life of the three-year contract.

In other business, the council voted to donate $1,000 to Flinthills Services Inc. Headquartered in El Dorado, the nonprofit organization serves developmentally disabled adults throughout Butler County. This is the council’s first contribution to Flinthills, which has at least eight clients living in Rose Hill.

Axelson reminded council members about the Strategic Plan Open House Jan. 9, which will give residents the opportunity to voice their opinion on Rose Hill’s future priorities and direction. Two sessions will be held at the Senior Center, 217 E. Silknitter, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. More information is available on the city’s Web site,