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Alderman Clark McGlothin got straight to the point with regard to financial issues surrounding the Sewer Committee during the May 24 meeting of the North Little Rock City Council.
McGlothin, a former Sewer Committee member, asked Internal Auditor Sandy Becker if there were any improprieties within the Waste Water Utility. Becker said the utility is not violating city or state law.
Critics of the utility’s travel and meal policies have called for the repeal of a recent sewer rate increase and the abolition of the committee. In fact, criticism of the policies has set a number of North Little Rock political figures against each other.
Becker sent a letter to the council stating he had reviewed the travel and training records for the utility’s calendar year 1992.
The letter states that reimbursement for civic club dues and meals was addressed in an Attorney General’s office opinion within the last 18 months. Becker indicated the meal reimbursement was discontinued in March 1992.
A formal travel policy establishing guidelines for travel and sets expenditure limits should be implemented, Becker said. The recommendation was also made in 1991 and 1992, he said.
“In the absence of defining state or city law, the responsibility for determining what is and what is not a reimbursable expense should be determined by the governing body of this utility,” Becker wrote. Continue reading