The Jonesboro Board of Aldermen adopted three Resolutions (2022-04,05,06) to be sent to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to inform them of the corrective actions taken by the town in regard to the South, North and East Oxidation Ponds.
The action was taken during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting that was held on February 11th, via tele-conference. The session started with James Ginn, Robbie Siadek, Aaron Stringer, Devin Flowers, Nia Johnson approving the minutes of the January 11th and 31st meetings.
A discussion regarding the December and January financials followed with several members of the Council commenting on their concern of the accuracy of the numbers. In response, Mayor Leslie Thompson gave assurances that correct information was being tabulated and that both reports should have good number moving forward.
Mr. Cedric Floyd then made a presentation on the progress of the Redistricting Plan being conducted by DATA Center. He indicated the 2020 Census numbers indicated a population loss of 596 people for the Town of Jonesboro and he would be doing a more detailed presentation as the project progresses. The council approved DATA Center to conduct the redistricting study for the Town of Jonesboro.
The Council then accepted the resignation of LaSecret Jones, effective 2/8/2022 from the Jonesboro Police Department and agreed to move Matthew Nash from part time to full time dispatcher. In a corresponding move, Robrecia Goree was hired in a part time capacity.
Compliance Officer, Brandon Brown, enumerated several issues he had dealt with over the course of the month relating to the Town’s nuisance policy. The response from the citizens was favorable as most of the property owners are working to get the properties into compliance.
In final action before closing comments were made, Mayor Thompson briefed the council on the attempts to hire an in-house accountant to replace the CPA firm whose contract ended in 2021. The current CPA firm, Kenneth Folden and Co., has agreed to stay on with the town and train the in-house person. This will be a trial basis going forward.
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