- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The mayor of Opelousas says his first year in office was spent cleaning up after the previous administration.

The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1UPawob ) reports Mayor Reggie Tatum told the board of aldermen Tuesday that his administration spent time last year searching for documents detailing payments made to contractors who did work for the city. He said they were searching monetary reports and responding to requests for information about how much money had been paid to workers.

“Were these workers hired by contractors paid more than they were supposed to receive or less than they were supposed to? It took a lot of time to find this information,” Tatum said.

He said there was little transition information given to him by employees of the former administration.

According to Tatum, the city also lost a $195,000 state grant to develop a municipal park master plan. The grant was lost because the city didn’t use it in time.

“The previous administration had to send the money back because it wasn’t being used,” he said.

Tatum also reported that the city will have to repay about $390,000 to the Department of Homeland Security for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Gustav in 2008.

He added that during the board’s Feb. 16 meeting, he will propose that the city pay $25,000 per year until the debt is repaid to the department.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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