OPELOUSAS — An audit report of St. Landry Parish government flagged two issues involving the parish animal shelter.
Steven Moosa, who represented the accounting firm of Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick, told the Parish Council on Wednesday that cash collected by employees of the St. Landry Animal Shelter for fines, adoption fees and other sales should be recorded in receipt books.
Moosa also noted that unclaimed livestock housed at the animal shelter is not being auctioned according to the requirements laid out by parish ordinance.
Moosa said the ordinance specifies that livestock to be auctioned should be advertised for sale in the council’s official journal and sold to the highest bidder.
There is no evidence, Moosa said, whether any unclaimed livestock was advertised or auctioned to the highest bidder.
“It gives the parish the appearance of being an adoption agency for the unclaimed livestock,” Moosa said.
Also on Wednesday, the council unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the Solid Waste Commission to oversee twice weekly garbage collection in the rural areas of the parish.
Parish chairman Leon Robinson said the commission should also give each rural household two 96-gallon garbage containers.
The garbage collection issue has been discussed at council meetings during the past month after the Solid Waste Commission approved automated garbage collections in both rural areas and municipalities.
Every household received without charge a 96-gallon container, but at the May meeting, council member Timothy LeJeune said one container might not be sufficient in the rural areas.
Since the 1980s, the commission has presided over garbage collection, which had involved twice-weekly pickup in municipalities and once a week in rural areas.
Prior to the automated collection process, roadside collections were performed by rear-end-loaded trucks operated by individuals.
In another matter, the council agreed to send to voters a pair of 10-year property tax renewal proposals later this year to finance the maintenance and operation of two fire districts.
One proposition calls for renewing a 21.95-mill property tax that generates an estimated $1.189 million a year for Fire District No. 1.
Another proposition calls for renewing a 4.52-mill property tax that generates $189,000 a year for Fire District 6.