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St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot told the Parish Council on Wednesday night that he welcomes any investigation by the point out legislative auditor in connection with a $259,000 lease-acquire arrangement for a large capacity pc server in 2015.
Fontenot’s feedback, like a denial of any wrongdoing, arrived right after parish federal government auditor Steve Moosa resolved the pc method expenditure difficulty while examining his all round conclusions of council finances for the 2017 fiscal calendar year that ended on Dec. 31.
Moosa’s report thoughts acquiring the server without having very first acquiring aggressive bids or acquiring authorization from the Condition Bonding Fee, which are generally considered to be lawful accounting methods by publicly funded organizations.
Considering the fact that it was mounted, the server has been employed by parish federal government, the clerk of court, four point out district judges and other point out organizations that are funded by the council in accordance to point out mandates.
The audit conclusions also exposed that St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz contributed a one particular-time payment of $64,785 toward buying the server. The acquire is unfold around 5 decades.
That volume was paid in advance, while the arrangement with Omni Computers displays the parish is spending $194,357 together with desire, the audit claims.
Moosa wrote as section of his conclusions that the parish should “adhere (to point out bid guidelines) which require that political subdivisions who lease, rent or acquire telecommunication or knowledge processing tools like tools and similar companies of $thirty,000 or a lot more do so as a result of request as a result of procurement treatments.”
In order to comply with point out purchasing guidelines, Moosa also wrote, parish federal government should “enter only into prepared agreements, not verbal, to assure compliance of all applicable revised (point out guidelines) and that the parish is spending its share of expense as stated in the arrangement.”
Moosa’s audit conclusions also indicate that parish federal government wants to be cognizant to get hold of Condition Bond Fee acceptance for any leases or installment buys except if the arrangement consists of no penalty clauses.
The obvious expense-sharing by parish federal government and the sheriff’s department also was not appropriately documented.
Parish federal government, Moosa said, is probably spending “significantly a lot more than to begin with agreed upon” for the server, due to the fact the lease arrangement displays the parish is bearing 100 % of the pc fees and does not indicate that a portion of the fees for the server was paid by the sheriff’s department.
Fontenot responded by stating he considered that acquiring the server was attained in accordance to point out bid guidelines. The acquire, Fontenot said, was organized as a result of negotiation with a third-get together that he did not title.
“This has previously been self-documented by me to the point out auditor,” Fontenot told the council. “It was usually my being familiar with that we did not require a (series of bids) and I realize now this should have absent to the Bond Fee.
“I was beneath the impression that we (parish federal government) had a (request procurement) as a result of our third get together and that was likely to be to our profit. I had to trust our (hired communications expert).”
Fontenot included that he was to begin with unaware that the involved desire payments of 8.5 % ended up linked to the transaction or that Bonding Fee acceptance could possibly also be vital just before completing the arrangement.
“I have no problem meeting with the point out legislative auditor about this. In point I welcome an investigation,” he said.
Audit cites merchandise lacking from animal shelter
In a further matter, council member Jerry Crimson Jr. questioned Fontenot about a individual locating in the audit report, which files an allegation that several merchandise like animal feed, a saddle, a tension washer and limestone ended up stolen from the parish animal shelter facility at the St. Landry Parish Airport someday for the duration of 2017.
Crimson pointed out that around the previous several decades, other merchandise like $3,two hundred in dollars ended up documented stolen at the animal shelter.
“Every calendar year it’s the exact same factor (with the animal shelter). Possibly we require to get rid of the individual in charge or we require to install cameras in order to do a thing about it,” he said.
Fontenot responded by stating an investigation was introduced by the sheriff’s department, and no arrests have been made.
“We get these issues severely and we are reporting them each individual time they take place. We are performing what we are meant to do,” said Fontenot.
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