Port Allen committee meetings get heated

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Committee meetings in Port Allen were heated at times Wednesday evening.

The Public Safety Committee kicked off the meeting with Port Allen Fire Chief Rick Boudreaux telling the council a new fire engine, worth $305,000, would be delivered August 13th. However, Boudreaux said he cannot insure that truck, and until it's insured they can't drive it. But not only will they not have insurance on the truck when it comes to driving it, even while it's parked in the fire department, it will be uninsured.

When it got to the Personnel and Finance Committee, things got heated. The issue of the mayor's salary raised many questions. Council member Hugh Riviere said on July 2nd, Judge Alvin Batiste advised the council to introduce a brand new ordinance regarding the mayor's salary, not amend a current ordinance.

Just before adjourning, the last item was notification of appointment of utility clerks. Some council members said Mayor Deedy Slaughter did not follow proper procedures in hiring the utility clerk and that the council was not a part of the hiring process. Mayor Slaughter fought back saying she followed all procedures, advertised the position and then named an employee.

The council has yet to approve the 2013-2014 operating budget, which went into effect July 1st.

The next full council meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2013.

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