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|Ferriday alderman questions contracts|
Contracts and condemned houses were discussed at Tuesday's Town of Ferriday meeting as Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Brown conducted the meeting in the absence of Mayor Glen McGlothin, who was out with bronchitis.
Ferriday alderman Gloria Lloyd questioned board members about contracts for Studio Design, water contracts for Bryant Hammett Association and Camo Construction, and contracts for Tommy Polk, William McKeel, Toney Guillory and Betty Faulkenberry.
McKeel's contract has to be approved, while Polk, Guillory and Faulkenberry are employed by hire at will contracts.
Lloyd asked why McKeel's contract has to be approved and asked to see the contracts of each employee.
"Those are all public record," Ferguson said. "Anybody off the street can see those."
McGlothin said today (Wednesday) that McKeel has a contract with city to show the Department of Health and Hospitals because he is over the sewer system in the town.
Brown said Town Clerk Gayle Cowan will make copies of the contracts with Bryant Hammett and Associates and Camo fo the aldermen, along with contracts with other employees for the alderman.
Town Attorney Anna Feguson said the contracts with Polk, Guillory and Faulkenberry are hire at will contracts that save the town from paying for insurance, workman's compensation and other benefits.
The town discussed a condemned house behind Lloyd on 10th Street.
"We have been talking for a year-and-a-half about tearing that down," Lloyd said. "But nothing has been done."
Brown asked alderman Elijah "Stepper" Banks to talk with McGlothin about when the house would be torn down.
McGlothin said today that Buddy Spillers of Macon Ridge has expressed interest in those properties and has talked about tearing down those houses for the town.
In other business, Frank and Cynthia Skinner asked the board why it could not sell firewood from its house on 7th Street at Kentucky.
Ferguson said the law is a subdivsion law and cannot be controlled by the town.
The board also approved resolutions to authorize the redemption of the 2011 maturity of Public Improvement Bonds and the use of Wal-Mart and USDA funds for water-related structures.
Cowan said the public improvement bonds would save the town $10,000.
The resolution concerning water-related structures was a change of language from an earlier resolution, Cowan said."One of the banks asked to add to extent necessary to assure the money would just be used on the town water," Cowan said.
The board approved occupation licenses for Calley Couture, The Country Cafe and Kunkle Duntry, but Rosa Mae Elaine, who is on the Zoning Commission, said she has never been informed of those new businesses.
Brown said he would be sure they are informed in the future.
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