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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
A controversial issue has come to the forefront for the May 24 City Council meeting.
Mayor Pat Hays on May 13 vetoed the reappointment of Calvin Muldrow to a fourth term on the Civil Service Commission. Muldrow has served on the commission since 1975.
At the May 10 City Council meeting, Muldrow was unanimously re-appointed to the commission for a six-year term. His last term expired April 30.
The commission is responsible for hearings, hiring practices, disciplinary actions, investigations, promotions and terminations concerning city personnel.
Hays said in a May 18 interview that he vetoed Muldrow’s reappointment because of a “roadblock” in communication between the two, which hampered the effectiveness of the commission and the mayor’s office.
Muldrow said in a May 17 telephone interview that Hays had more responsibility for any lack of communication. Muldrow said he believed the veto stemmed from the Ward 2 aldermanic race in which he was Alderman Ira Scoggins’ campaign chairman. Continue reading
Targets Crime, Violence, Proselytizes Gang Members
The Rev. Cedric Hayes, pastor of Gloryland Baptist Church at 620 E. 15th St. and Pine, said the church is making an effort to change the stigma of crime and violence associated with Eastgate. He said Gloryland is not a traditional church.
“We have to make changes here and we have to make them now. We can’t wait until it gets real bad,” Hayes said. “Enough money has been dumped into this community. Money is not the answer. We need manpower.”
Hayes said the church, which is located near the heart of the project, has only been open since the beginning of the year.
However, he said, “We’ve run into things the average church never sees. We’re getting people out of jail and taking others to jail.” Continue reading