Archive for the ‘Ouachita Parish Police Jury’ Category

Book Sale This Weekend

05/26/2015

Subject: Friends of the Ouachita Public Library Book Sale for May

Dates: Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30

Time: 9am-3pm

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

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/17/2015

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

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/03/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, May 4, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Courthouse, second floor.

See here the agenda.

Richwood Finances “Un-Auditable”

04/21/2015

In a just-released financial report on the Town of Richwood, Baton Rouge CPA Melvin Davis revealed numerous findings and problems for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, and “disclaimed” an opinion on the town’s finances.

Wrote Davis:

The Town could not provide sufficient competent evidence to determine the accuracy and completeness of the Town’s financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013.

and,

The Town’s ongoing revenue shortfalls and inability to meet its financial obligations raise substantial doubt about the Town’s ability to continue as a going concern.

See here the complete report.

Among the findings:

Overall lack of financial management
Failure to record transactions
No financial statements
Lack of payroll administration
Potential ethics violations

Richwood has been under the direction of a Fiscal Administrator, Lafayette CPA Jonald Walker, who took over AFTER the period covered in the report.

Reportedly, Walker is making progress with the town’s finances.

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.


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