Last night’s hour-long meeting of the Town of Jonesboro’s Board of Aldermen was relatively orderly. Approval was granted on a couple of grant applications, one for sewer lift station projects, and another for street projects.
There was a bit of controversy about the November water bills, as they have not yet been mailed. Apparently, some readings were not timely submitted and unable to be included in the billing information. There was a bit of discussion on who was to blame, until the town’s Fiscal Administrator Kenneth Folden spoke up and shouldered the responsibility.
Said Folden, “There was a miscommunication on this with the holidays. We’ve already addressed it, it’s being addressed right now.” He added, “Since I got here, the bills have gone out on time, there’s not been a late bill until this month.”
He concluded, “I take responsibility for that.”
The council voted to waive any late fee or penalties for the billing cycle, and Folden concurred with that decision.
During comments, former Mayor Don Essmeier noted that some of the town’s trash containers were not being properly handled, and were often left out on the street after pickup day. He suggested that notes be placed in the monthly bills reminding homeowners of the proper procedures for container handling.
Also, Betty Jeffress noted that the recent coffee for the Grand Marshall of the Christmas Parade was done very well, and the town’s Christmas Lights were well done.
Folden noted that the town’s employees had worked very hard, and it showed.
The financial reports showed a positive cash flow in the general fund, Folden said. Some of that surplus was transferred to the fire department fund, and other surpluses will dedicated to to long-term debt service.
Water and Sewer funds also showed a positive cash flow, which will also go toward debt.
Several items were tabled, and will be addressed at a soon-to-be scheduled special meeting.
District B’s Renee Stringer introduced an ordinance to reduce the mayor’s salary to $52 thousand/year from the current $70 thousand/year. A hearing will be scheduled for public comment at the next regular meeting.
See here the proposed ordinance.
Stinger deferred introduction of an ordinance to address travel trailers within the town until the other aldermen had time to review the proposal.