Here’s the rest of our reporting on today’s meeting of the Town of Jonesboro’s Board of Aldermen.
A final version of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) agreement between the town and Edwards, Wade & Perry (EW&P), CPA was adopted.
See here the document.
Missing from the agreement were the words “and approved by the mayor,” that the town’s controversial mayor Leslie Thompson wanted to be included in the document. Thompson said the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) would not agree to that stipulation.
Cooperative Endeavor Agreement
There was a bit of discussion about a resolution for a cooperative endeavor agreement between the town and other municipalities when equipment and operating personnel is shared with the other entities. This is a common practice for towns with limited personnel and that have little or no heavy equipment.
See here the document.
District B’s Renee Stringer suggested that the agreement should have some personnel rates or equipment rental amounts and that should be part of any standard CEA. She had asked for those figures at last month’s meeting.
District A’s Sam Lampkin expressed doubts about insurance liabilities and who would be responsible in case of an accident.
Stringer moved to table – with Lampkin seconding – until such time as some rates could be established. That motion to table passed 3-2 with District C’s Charla Melton voting with Stringer and Lampkin. District D’s Devin Flowers and Alderman-at-Large LaStevic Cottonham voted no.
Also tabled was an agreement with GNF Management, a Monroe-based grant consultant.
GNF had quoted a $36 thousand fee to work up the 2012-2013 Local Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) applications.
The town’s attorney, Douglas Stokes, suggested some changes in the proposed contract, but as the modified document was not given to the council until this afternoon’s meeting, it was decided to defer a decision until the changes could be reviewed.
Several policies and procedures were adopted during the meeting.
Travel and Expense Reimbursement
Debit Card Policy
Budget Policy and Procedures
After the meeting, Alderman-at-Large LaStevic Cottonham asked us to note that he indeed does have a telephone and can be contacted by his constituents. The number is 318/278-7717.
Last night a TV news report had said his phone was disconnected.