Annual audit reveals no issues with Keyport’s financial records

KEYPORT – No recommendations for corrective action were made in the 2019 audit of Keyport’s municipal finances.

During a recent Borough Council meeting, the members of the governing body passed a resolution to adopt the audit.

According to state law, the governing body of every municipality must conduct an annual audit of its books, accounts and financial transactions. Keyport’s audit was conducted by a registered municipal accountant.

According to a resolution, the 2019 audit contains no recommendations and because no recommendations were made, officials were not required to prepare a corrective action plan.

In other business, the council passed a resolution which designates Keyport as a stigma-free community.

According to the resolution, a stigma-free community seeks to inspire public interest and to open dialogue about stigma, raise awareness of the disease of mental illness and substance use disorders, and create a culture where residents who have mental illness and/or substance use disorders feel supported by their community and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma.

The council’s resolution states that establishing stigma-free communities will raise awareness of resources, have inclusive language and encourage residents to engage in care so recovery can begin and tragedies are avoided.

The action taken by Keyport’s elected representatives followed action taken in September by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, which in collaboration with the Division of Behavioral Health announced the launch of the Stigma-Free Monmouth website at https://www.stigmafree-monmouth.org/

The Monmouth County Stigma-Free Action Committee’s initiative was developed to help spread the message for individuals who suffer from behavioral health illnesses and substance use disorders, according to a press release from the county.

The Monmouth County Stigma-Free Action Committee believes every person deserves to be treated with respect and that everyone should be able to get help without fear, according to the press release.

Finally, council members authorized Borough Administrator Jay Delaney to initiate the hiring process for a municipal court administrator and a part-time accountant clerk.

According to a resolution, both positions are vacant. The municipal court administrator’s position is vacant due to a retirement, and the part-time accountant clerk’s position is vacant because the person who previously held the job received a full-time position in the municipal clerk’s office.