Residents of Jonesboro will see the fee for garbage collection go up by $3.00 per month beginning in January. The increase was unanimously approved by Town Council members Pete Stringer, Devin Flowers and James Ginn at the monthly session of the Jonesboro Board of Aldermen held on November 9th at the Jonesboro City Hall. Robbie Siadek and Nia Johnson were not present.
In other action, Resolution #2021-19, in relation to the funding of a DOTD grant for the Town of Jonesboro Airport, was ratified as well as the zoning change for a piece of property located on Industrial Drive in Jonesboro from industrial to Residential 2. Amendments to the general budget, water budget and sewer budget were also approved.
A Nuisance Ordinance, Mobile Home Ordinance and Mayor Leslie Thompson’s recommendation for hiring a Tax Collector was tabled. In a corresponding move, a Public Hearing regarding the Tax Collector’s pay was scheduled to take place 15 minutes prior to the regularly scheduled monthly meeting in December.
Before the meeting began a Public Hearing was held that focused on the three budget amendment Ordinances that was on the agenda and how that related to the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funding received by the town. There was no comments or discussion offered during the allotted time frame.
Before the budget amendments were approved during the official meeting, Mayor Thompson indicated that the Jackson Parish School Board, Police Jury and other governmental bodies had already paid incentives to their employees from the ARPA funds. A brief discussion was also held about the increase from $82,000.00 to $92,000.00 for employee incentive pay and $66,000.00 to $56,000.00 shown as income loss.
In an explanation of why the garbage collection fees needed to be increased it was divulged that this was to cover costs of “tipping” fees charged by the Police Jury. This is result of the tax that was proposed earlier in the year not being approved by the citizens, thereby causing the Police Jury to have to pay this fee for dumping.
The session began with Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Director Wilda Smith bringing the panel and those in attendance up to date on the various activities planned relating to the Christmas festival and holiday season.
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