Archive for the ‘Ouachita Parish Police Jury’ Category

Greater Ouachita Water Hung Out to Dry @ OPPJ Meeting

04/21/2015

Brown water and irate customers were featured at last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ), when Greater Ouachita Water Company (GOWC) showed up to fend off complaints about discolored water and poor service.

The issue came to a head recently when West Monroe resident and GOWC customer Quentin Henry created a Facebook page (The People vs Greater Ouachita Water Company), and began to chronicle customer complaints with pictures and videos.

GOWC’s Tommy Sparks said that while the water has been in compliance as far as safety, it was “not acceptable” in appearance. He said they were taking steps to install carbon filters to remove the color.

Said Sparks, “We going to convert to carbon filters. We’re going to put these at Arkansas Road and Highway 80,” the area where many of the complaints were originating.

He said that by 2016, much of the system will have the filters.

Also representing GOWC was Bill Murdis and Jason Moss of Severn Trent Services, the systems operator. They detailed the technical processes they were employing to remove the stain. Promises were made to be more responsive to customer complaints.

Henry said that the reason he created the page was to help prevent a re-occurrence of the problems. He suggest that the jury create an advisory board to work with GOWC, as is provided in the company’s original charter.

Said Henry, “They (the advisory board) are there to know what exactly is going on at all times,” with the water system.

The jury approved a resolution appointing Jury President Scotty Robinson (District A) to coordinate between GOWC and the jury.

Robinson said he would begin receiving the systems monthly reports and keep the other jurors informed.

In other business, Parish Engineer Kevin Crosby reported on a revision of the flood insurance rate map for Frenchman’s Bend Subdivision.

See here the news release.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

04/19/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, April 20, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

04/03/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, April 6, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Library Book Sale This Weekend

03/26/2015

Dates: Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28

Time: 9am-3pm

Where: West Ouachita Library, 188 Hwy 546, West Monroe, La 71291 (Exit 108 from I-20)

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

03/15/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, March 16, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Fourth Judicial Court (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) Audit Finding

03/02/2015

A just-released audit of the Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Court Expense Fund has revealed a finding of an instance where “some employees may have received compensation when they were not working.”

From the document:

Our audit procedures disclosed that some employees may have received compensation when they were not working. It appears that hours reported to payroll on time sheets might have been misclassified as time worked instead of leave time used. This condition was detected by management and investigated internally before the audit. However, the control system did not detect the condition.

The audit was done by Jonesboro’s Bosch and Statham, and was for the fiscal year 7/1/13 – 6/30/14.

The document noted:

The condition has at least the following effects:

1. State law may have been violated.
2. The Court may have compensated some employees for time that they did not work.
3. If the Court compensated an employee(s) for time that was not worked, that employee also accumulated leave time that was not earned.

In response, management said:

“The prior policies and procedures had been in place for years and had been effective; however, when a possible problem was called to the Court’s attention, an immediate investigation was undertaken with the assistance of outside counsel and other consulting professionals. As a result, prompt remedial actions were implemented to increase controls, including policy revisions and additional staff training. In fact, the auditor’s recommendations were implemented prior to the issuance of this finding and are being monitored for continued compliance.”

See here the complete document.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

03/01/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, March 2, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Deadheads Get Snow Day; Tax Slaves Get to Work

02/23/2015

Winter Weather Closings for Monday, February 23 – KTVE-TV10

-Lincoln Parish Public Schools: Closed Monday
-Cedar Creek School: Closed Monday
-All Louisiana Tech University campuses, including Tech-Barksdale and the Shreveport Center: Closed Monday
-Grambling State University: Closed Monday
-Louisiana Delta Community College (All Campuses): Closed Monday
-Grambling Laboratory School K-12: Closed Monday
-Union Parish Public Schools: Closed Monday
-Union Christian Academy: Closed Monday
-D’Arbonne Woods Charter School: Closed Monday
-Downsville Charter School: Closed Monday
-Mom’s Helper Daycare in Farmerville: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Christian School: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Public Libraries: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Courthouse: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Police Jury: Closed Monday
-University of Louisiana Monroe (All Campuses): Closed Monday
-Montessori School of Ruston: Closed Monday
-Our Lady of Fatima School: Closed Monday
-Jesus The Good Shepherd: Closed Monday
-St. Frederick’s High School: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Richland Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Claiborne Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Monroe City Schools: Closed Monday
-Delhi Charter School: Closed Monday
-Claiborne Christian School and K-4: Closed Monday
-Franklin Academy: Closed Monday
-West Carroll Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Grace Episcopal School: Closed Monday
-Learning Tech Quest School (Full School & After School Programs): Closed Monday
-Franklin Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-All OMCAP Head Start: Closed Monday
-Bayou Gymnastic Pre-School: Closed Monday
-Unitech Training Academy: Closed Monday
-Riverfield Academy (Rayville): Closed Monday
-Vision Academy High School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Delta Head Start & Early Head Start in Madison/East Carroll & Richland Parishes: Closed Monday
-YMCA After School Programs: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Council of Aging: Closed Monday
-Prevailing Faith Christian Academy: Closed Monday
-Beekman Charter School Teacher In-Services: Closed Monday
-Happy Days Development and Learning Center (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Briarfield Academy: Closed Monday
-St Francis Pediatric Neurology (Dr. Pina’s Office): Closed Monday
-New Vision Learning Academy (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Missy Crain Dance Studios: Closed Monday
-College Prep Daycare and Preschool (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Mini Scholars Daycare (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Anna’s Lollipop Lane Daycare (Bastrop): Closed Monday
-Playhowse Learning Center (Sterlington and Playhowse -Farmerville): Closed Monday
-Debbie’s School of Dance: Closed Monday
-New Vision Child Development Center: Closed Monday
-First Assembly Learning Center Daycare (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Happy Tails Daycare (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Monroe City Court: Closed Monday
-Delta Charter School (Ferriday): Closed Monday
-Arthritis & Diabetes Clinic (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Liberty Stylist Beauty School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Toonie Bugs Daycare (Calhoun): Closed Monday
-Fourth District Court: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Council On Aging/Meals On Wheels Deliveries: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Library: Closed Monday
-Covenant Day School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Physical Therapy, Inc: Closed Monday
-Prairie View Academy (Bastrop): Closed Monday
-Wonderland Child Care & Development Center: Closed Monday
-NE Delta Human Services Authority Offices & Clinics: Closed Monday
-Excellent Daycare (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Arco of Community Resource: Closed Monday
-Wee Learner’s Daycare: Closed Monday
-Child’s Play II Daycare: Closed Monday
-Fairpark Baptist Church Daycare: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Library (All Branches): Closed Monday
-Excellence Academy Charter School: Closed Monday
-First United Methodist Daycare, Monroe: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Public Libraries (all branches): Closed Monday
-Oak Grove Town Hall Meet On Tues., Feb 24th postponed to March 3rd

Ouachita Police Jury Tuesday

02/15/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Tuesday, February 17, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

More Unfunded Retirement Liabilities in Area Government

02/09/2015

After last week’s revelation about the huge unfunded health retirement obligations at the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB), we decided to take a look at other area governmental agencies and see what their audits reveal.

Here’s what we found:

Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO)

The audit for the year ended 6/30/14 shows an unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL) of $7.4 million. For the year, the amount contributed to the fund by the LPSO was 45% of the amount required to properly fund the account, the documents claim.

See here the pertinent documents from the audit.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ)

For the year ending 12/31/13, this agency’s audit shows the UAAL to be $12.36 million. For the year, the OPPJ contributed 55.8% of the amount necessary to fund future obligations.

See here the documents.

City of Monroe

Monroe’s UAAL for the year ended was $47.2 million as of 4/30/14. During that year, the funding level was at 45%.

See here the documents.

These liabilities are for retiree health care costs only, and don’t include any pension liabilities.

To be sure, these agencies are meeting current obligations. But when you project future costs that reflect turnover rate, retirement rate, health care cost trend rates, mortality rates, and investment return assumptions, none are properly preparing for the future.


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