Archive for the ‘Ouachita Parish Police Jury’ Category

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Tuesday

08/31/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Tuesday, September 2, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor. Normally, the jury meets on the first and third Monday each month, but the Labor Day holiday made the change necessary.

See here the agenda.

Immediately following the jury meeting, the Finance Committee will meet in the conference room located next door.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

08/17/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, August 18, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Notable items include an ordinance setting the property tax rates for 2014, and an ordinance creating a garbage district for part of the parish. There will be a public hearing on the proposed new laws.

‘Economic Development’ Agency Tagged by Auditor

08/11/2014

One of Louisiana’s “economic development” agencies was cited by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) for lack of internal controls of its finances.

From the audit for 2012 and 2013:

There was no documented review of the bank statements and bank reconciliations on a monthly basis. In addition, there was no documented review of payroll direct deposit reports or payroll postings to the general ledger. There was also no review of the detailed general ledger, journal entries, and payroll tax reports. Additionally, the listing of pledges receivable were not reconciled to subsequent receipts or write-offs. Furthermore, credit card statements were not reconciled to actual receipts prior to payment.

There was not adequate evidence that controls were in place to ensure that a material misstatement of the entity’s financial statements would be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis. Significant time was required to analyze and reconcile payroll postings and pledges receivable. Significant journal entries were needed to adjust those accounts on the general ledger.

The North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) says it is a public-private partnership dedicated to the positive and sustainable economic development of the 14 parishes it serves in North Louisiana.

At the 6/17/14 meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ), NLEP hit up the jury for a $50 thousand “contribution” to polish the reputation of four area parishes.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Tonight

08/04/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) meets tonight (Monday, 8/4) at 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

OPPJ Reviews Audit

07/30/2014

Monday night, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) reviewed their audit for 2013, and were told that overall, it was a good report.

Asked if there was “anything we’re doing wrong?”, Huffman & Soignier’s Francis Huffmain said “No one’s doing everything perfect.” He went on to say that there was nothing found that materially affected the organization.

Like the Jackson Parish Police Jury’s (JPPJ) audit, the OPPJ report cited the lack of reporting on the parish’s “component units.” However, in an interview with LPNO, Huffman said that this was nothing to be alarmed about, and that the financials of the jury itself were completely in order and rated an “unmodified opinion.” While the component unit agencies are related to jury operations, those entities are independent as far as financial reporting goes, and must undergo their own independent audits, Huffman said.

That condition also prevails at the JPPJ – that agency’s financials also rated an “unmodified opinion.” Our story earlier this week did not make that distinction.

In other business, the jury heard from the Stubbs Vinson Neighborhood Group regarding the building of an adolescent addiction center home in the area, which is east of Swartz.

The jury’s legal adviser had told the group that as the parish has no zoning authority, there was nothing that could be done from that standpoint. Parish Engineer Kevin Crosby said that the proposed construction met all the requirements for area drainage, sewer systems, and traffic flow.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/27/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 28, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

OPPJ Unable to Muster Quorum, Meeting Cancelled

07/21/2014

With one juror out of town, and two other jurors with spouses undergoing surgery, the six-person Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) was unable to gather a quorum for tonight’s meeting, Scotty Roberson (District A) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO).

The meeting will be rescheduled within the next week or so, he said.

Ouchita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/20/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 21, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

See here the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/04/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 7, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

OPPJ Hears NELA “Branding” Pitch

06/17/2014

Last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) heard a request for money – about $50 thousand – to help improve the “brand” the four parish area of Ouachita, Union, Morehouse, and Lincoln.

Making the pitch was Christine Rambo, Senior Vice President for Communications and Development for the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. The goal is, according to Rambo, the recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce to the area.

Rambo, along with Annmarie Sartor of CenturyLink are heading up the North Louisiana Branding Project, that will in collaboration with the DCI Group, develop and present a positive image for the area.

Said Rambo, potential employees “get all the negatives about this place, and coming to work at this place, and living in this place.” To counteract that image, “We take a proactive approach to marketing our area to the rest of the world,” Rambo added. “In the absence of a brand and identity for this region, everybody else defines who we are. In the vacuum, all the negatives fill that space.”

Rambo said they hope to raise about $200 thousand from local area governments.

In other business, the jury gave final approval to an ordinance that would provide administrative procedures for the sale of adjudicated properties, which is property is property that has been placed in local governmental hands because local property taxes have not been paid.


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