Public Hearing Date Set to Discuss Salary Increases for Jonesboro Board of Aldermen and Tax Collector

In the regular monthly meeting of the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen held on July 14th at the Jonesboro City Hall the date of August 11th was set for a Public Hearing to allow residents to discuss raises for the Town Council and Tax Collector.

Council persons Devin Flowers, Pete Stringer, Robbie Siadek, James Ginn and Nia Evans-Johnson agreed to introduce the Ordinances regarding the potential raises. Three additional Ordinances in relation to the Town of Jonesboro Water and Sewer Budget and the declaring of a Juneteenth Holiday were also introduced. Each will also be able to be discussed at the same Public Hearing.  

The meeting was opened by Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson bringing welcome news that the town has been temporarily removed from Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s non-compliance list. Thompson, who requested the action a month ago, said this was done so the town can move forward with attempting to gain funding to repair the utility system.

In other action the contract for Obstruction Removal at the Jonesboro Airport was awarded to Womack and Sons Construction Group, who submitted a bid of $136,032.00. Dr. Herbert Simmons was named Airport Manager and LOTT Oil was awarded the fuel purchase contract.  

Additional action taken was the agreement to allow Fire Chief Brandon Brown to pursue bids for two pre-owned fire apparatus’s and to declare two old fire trucks as surplus property pending the purchase of new fire trucks. David Thompson’s bid for two lots of surplus property was also agreed upon.

The normal paying of monthly bills, acceptance of meeting minutes from the prior month and approval of department head reports also took place as well as Public Works Director Calvin Wortham announcing a letter is set to be sent to town residents about infiltration issues in the utility system.

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