The Town of Jonesboro Board of Aldermen passed an Ordinance that increased sewer rates for residential and commercial customers at their regularly scheduled meeting held on May 11th at the Jonesboro City Hall. Three other Ordinances that were to be voted on following public hearings for each, were tabled until the June meeting.
Ordinance (2021-005 LRWA) that will go into effect on July 1st, 2021 was first amended following a motion by Nia Evans-Johnson to include set sewer rates as follows: (Entire ordinance language can be found in Public Notices)
Residential Inside city limits $12.00 plus $2.00 / 1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Residential Outside city limits $17.00 plus $2.25 / 1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Commercial Inside city limits $24.00 plus $2.25 / 1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Commercial Outside city limits $26.00 plus $2.25 / 1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Industrial Inside or Outside city limits $1000.00 flat rate plus $2.25 / 1000 gallons or portions thereof over 2000 gallons
Board members present Johnson, James Ginn and Devin Flowers, which was enough to establish a quorum, then voted to adopt the Ordinance. Pete Stringer and Robbie Siadek were not present. Ordinance’s #2021-002 (General), #2021-003 (Water) and #2021-004 (Sewer) were tabled until the June meeting after motions by Ginn and second’s by Flowers.
Before the meeting took place a Public Hearing on each Ordinance above was held with opened with Ken Terry of the Louisiana Rural Water Association (LRWA) giving a presentation in regards to Ordinance 2021-005 LRWA. Renee Stringer then asked the Ordinances on the table would be made available on the Town of Jonesboro website if the Board of Aldermen voted to adopt them. The City Clerk state they would be.
Following the discussions regarding the Ordinances, Alderman Ginn asked Attorney Douglas Stokes about an Attorney General’s opinion that was first requested in 2019 regarding reading meters and charging customers correctly. Stokes replied that he would do research on this and if an opinion hadn’t been given he would request one.
Roderic Joe was then granted the approval to place a mobile home at 502 Dewey St. followed by Mayor Leslie Thompson’s discussing budget and audit issue the Town of Jonesboro has had in the past and what to look forward to in the future.
Jonesboro Police Chief James “Spike” Harris, Fire Chief Brandon Brown and Public Works Director Calvin Wortham then gave their department reports leading up to the town council accepting the resignation of Jonesboro Police Officer Isreal Smith.
If additional business Mrs. E. L. Johnson and Ms. Gloria Davis was given monetary consideration by the Town of Jonesboro. The Johnson payment of $120.00 per month for a period of up to 12 months was in regard to Resolution 2021-008 (Johnson Contract Agreement) which grants a Right of Way on Johnson’s property that allows access to one of the Town of Jonesboro’s sewer lift stations. Davis had $1,200.00 paid on her behalf to a plumbing company after some sewer back up in her home was found to be an issue relating to the town’s line. Consequent action found the Mayor Thompson and the Town Council agreeing that a policy needed to be put in place so that the Town would not be held responsible in the future for vendor bills if the Town does not hire them.
Final action saw the Board agree to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Veterans’ Affairs, adopt the Resolution 2021-009 Compliance Questionnaire and enter into a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana who will pay the Town $500.00 per month for the rental of the McDonald Recreation Center. A proposed contract with Hi-Tech Server was tabled until more information could be made available.