Volunteer for the Library Board!

The City is seeking applicants for appointment to as many as three seats on the Van Meter Public Library Board of Trustees. If you want more information please contact CIty Hall. Those interested should fill out the application for appointment found here: http://vanmeteria.server276.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/AppointmentApplicaton.pdf

Van Meter recognized as a first in Iowa’s Certified Site Program

IEDA_CertifiedSiteOne of the fastest growing trends in the site selection business is the demand for certified industrial sites.  As companies continue to put pressure on the time allowed for making a location decision as well as the time required to start construction and complete the project, the need for certified sites increases.  The location decision process demands available sites, and those sites need to be ready for development.  Companies looking to build new facilities want sites that are shovel-ready and relatively risk free.

In an effort to capitalize on this trend, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) rolled out its certified site program in May 2012.  This is an independent, third-party certification program which uses the nationally recognized site selection firm of McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) as the sole certifying agent.  MSC has designed a program based on a combination of industry needs as well as Iowa’s targeted industries and natural assets.

McCallum Sweeney Consulting, out of Greenville, SC was chosen based on their experience as site selectors as well as their groundbreaking work with mega site certification for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  They bring more than 70 years of combined senior staff experience to the program.

The program objective is to develop a portfolio of certified sites that will make Iowa more competitive in site selection projects.  Certification benefits include effective pro-active marketing; prepares the community for better re-active marketing; educates the developer on the site’s strengths and weaknesses; speeds up the development schedule by having due diligence completed.


Watch Governor Branstad announce the Certification here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCEvzmmjxMc&list=UU2sB1Xtho61GzWk6SA19yxA

Audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Completing financial audits and establishing appropriate internal controls are essential to maintaining financial health in a community. In addition, cities are required by law to conduct annual audits and file them with the State of Iowa. The process is not only a check against fraud but also an opportunity to learn about and implement better business practices, financial and otherwise, based on the auditor’s findings.

The City chooses to contract with the Auditor of State to review our financial reports and business activities. We choose to have that review done by the Auditor of State rather than an independent CPA firm because we want only the highest authority giving us feedback.

Having completed a full audit for the 2012 fiscal year, in which we received a clean bill of financial health, we decided to utilize a less expensive “examination” procedure to review 2013. The examination cost $3,990 rather than $8,175 for a full audit. The same tests and checks against fraud are utilized however the examination report does not provide as much context as a full audit. Basically, the examination report is a simple list of areas where the City has room for improvement.

The 2013 examination listed eleven findings that the City needs to address. A number of which have already been corrected and we are actively working to address the remaining issues. However, according to Brian Brustkern who managed the examination and reported the State Auditor’s findings to the City Council, there are fewer findings to report [in Van Meter] than in other Cities of similar size. Mr. Brustkern concluded his presentation to the City Council by saying, “All in all, things in this City are in pretty good shape.”

If you have questions regarding the Auditor’s findings please direct them to City Hall.

Click here to listen to the Audit Manager’s presentation to the City Council.

Click here to read the audit report.

Why You Want To Join Van Meter

Brochure CoverLooking to move to the Greater Des Moines area? With a quality school, family recreation, and a community that is united, Van Meter has a lot to offer. Find out more about why Van Meter is the next best place for you and your family here!