Como cuts debt to sheriff’s dept.
By John Howell Sr.
Como has brought its debt to the Panola County Sheriff’s Department down by $4,000 since Sept., according to the docket of claims approved at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Town officials in Sept. began a plan to pay $1,000 monthly against the old debt total that had grown to $12,691, mainly from the unpaid municipal prisoner housing costs. The balance has been reduced to $7,691.
Aldermen considered claims totaling $34,169.54 near the end of the meeting, which lasted a little over an hour.
Aldermen Teresa Dishmon asked about a $200 registration fee to be paid to the Center for Government and Community Development.
“Is that something you have to have?” Dishmon asked
“Yes, ma’am; it’s a three-year program. I’ve completed, I think, a year and a half,” Killebrew replied.
“Y’all got this month, their 90 days coming up where you’re going to come back and decide whether you’re going to keep them or what,” Mayor Everette Hill said.
The mayor referred to a second, 90-day probation period for Killebrew that town officials adopted at an Oct. 16, 2013 meeting after placing all municipal employees on 90 days’ probation when the new town administration took office in July. Municipal court clerk Lou Bertha Jones was also placed on a second 90-day probation period.
Near the meeting’s end, Powell questioned the mayor about when the probation decision would be made. Another meeting date was not scheduled Tuesday.
“Subtract that $200, Kara.” Dishmon said. “I’d like to make a motion to pay the docket of claims, minus $200 for training for the city clerk,” bringing the payment motion total to $33,969.54. Alderman John Walton made the second, and Aldermen Sonia Heard and Rachel Powell voted to make the vote unanimous.
Alderman Ruby Higgenbottom was with her hospitalized father, the mayor announced at the beginning of the meeting.