OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish Council, following a 68-minute closed session Wednesday night, unanimously voted to request several financial records from the parish’s Solid Waste Commission.
Among the items the council members requested are a complete financial report for all funds received by the commission.
In addition, the council also voted to request the salary paid to the commission’s secretary-treasurer.
Also, the council requested the commission respond to a letter sent by the council asking for details about garbage pickup.
And they asked for the amount of funding the commission has provided to parish government during the past eight years.
Council member Wayne Ardoin said in an interview that the council wants to find out if the secretary-treasurer earns more per meeting than the other eight commissioners.
The council appoints four of the nine individuals on the Solid Waste Commission.
Five of the commissioners are appointed by the St. Landry Parish Municipal Association.
In the past, the commission has provided funding for the council from revenues obtained for accepting garbage from Evangeline Parish.
The council has used this funding for parish road maintenance upkeep in addition to road equipment purchases.
Earlier this year, the council became involved in a garbage collection issue after the commission approved a new contract with Progressive Waste Solutions.
Progressive’s amended contract of about $460,000 monthly allows the company to use an automated collection process for rural and municipal garbage collections.
At a meeting in April, some council members complained that the council was not informed of the contract negotiations between Progressive and the commission.
During the closed session Wednesday, the council was advised by Charles Cravins, who is now representing the council in matters involving the commission.
Council attorney Chad Pitre, who also serves as legal adviser for the commission, asked last month to be removed from advising the council on matters that concern the commission.
Pitre remained outside the council meeting room while Cravins conducted Wednesday night’s closed session.