The Town of Jonesboro’s Board of Aldermen last night voted a resolution to “reassign” the town’s police cars to city hall so that the insurance money could be saved, according to controversial mayor Leslie Thompson.
However, the resolution indicated that the vehicles are “for use by other departments of the Town of Jonesboro as needed.”
Said Thompson, “It appears that there’s about a $8 thousand note, I want to say monthly, that we are paying – that comes – and that’s a $75 thousand policy per year that we are paying, and about $8 thousand of that comes from the police cars.” He added, “That seems to be the prudent thing to do.”
Voting yes were Devon Flowers, Charla Mason-Thompson, and LaStevic Cottonham. Voting no was Renee’ Stringer. Sam Lamkin was absent from last night’s meeting.
The move will likely spark another conflict between Thompson and the independently elected Chief of Police Wes Horton, since the town doesn’t have authority over the police department equipment. The only thing the town can do is set the department’s budget.
During the discussion, Stringer asked had the town obtained property insurance since it was revealed last fall that the town’s policies had lapsed.
Thompson replied that the town was still trying to obtain coverage.
Stringer also questioned the mayor about a recent purchase of four trucks for the street department. Thompson said the town spent $24 thousand, that they were dealer returns from another municipality, and were “a great deal.”
Also during the discussion it was revealed that Town Clerk David Dill has been assigned a town vehicle to drive.
There were no financial reports presented last night – Thompson said that they would be ready to present by “mid-month.”
No town financial reports have been given to the council since last July.
Stringer again brought up the issue of water bills and complaints from citizens. She said they can’t get resolution to issues, even though they had filed out the town-supplied complaint forms.
Stringer noted that some had their tax bill posted on their water bills, instead of their tax bills. She also said that she had been put on the water cutoff list, despite having a cancelled check to prove her payment. Other water customers reported having the same problem, Stringer said
Thompson said that he was personally involved in resolving water issues, and he didn’t know why there were still unresolved complaints.
Also discussed was a sewer lift station where the pump had failed, and a rental pump was being used until permanent repairs could be made. The rental cost $75/day, it was said.
Reportedly, this is the pump station that Stringer had requested grant funds for, but instead the money went for the rodeo arena.