GF Council executive session postponed for lack of a quorum

Friday, January 8, 2010

GREEN FOREST -- Without a quorum, the city council proceeded with an agenda-setting session, but a planned executive session had to be postponed until Jan. 11.

Interim Mayor Janell Compton and Alderman David Garrett showed up for the 7 p.m. session Monday night. Aldermen Mike Miller and Willa Kerby were absent. Alderman Janet Jones had informed Compton that she could not attend.

Compton said Jones has moved out of her ward, and she will have to be replaced on the city council.

The executive session following next week's meeting will deal with several personnel issues. Compton asked City Attorney Brad Brown if he is allowed to attend executive sessions, and he said only the mayor and council members can attend, along with the city employees under discussion.

Brown also explained that the council should adjourn from executive session after each employee is discussed. They should return to open session and state whether any action was taken in the executive session before proceeding with another employee.

Brown also answered a general question about comp time, saying the council can change an existing policy to eliminate future comp time for certain employees, but they cannot take away comp time already awarded.

Compton said she would call the absent aldermen to see if they had any items to add to the Jan. 11 agenda.

Commendation

Wastewater Supervisor Shawn Raglin delivered a letter addressed to interim mayor Janell Compton from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

The letter recounted a routine inspection conducted by ADEQ on Dec. 8, and complimented "the professionalism of the Waste Water Utility staff." The letter went on to say the plant "is well maintained and operated and most importantly, produces very good quality effluent."

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