The Independence County Quorum Court convened Monday evening at their regular meeting place in the courtroom of the Jess B. Carpenter building on Main Street.
The Court previously met at the library to conduct business awaiting the installation of plexiglass barriers for COVID-19 precautions and a new sound system.
After hearing routine reports, Judge Robert Griffin moved ahead to the discussion about Ordinance 2021-07 on the agenda regarding the amendment of the district court budget.
The ordinance would remove a deputy district clerk position. The position is currently occupied by an employee that is retiring before the end of this month.
A lengthy discussion between Independence County District Judge Chaney Taylor and Attorney Daniel Haney regarding keeping the position, the party responsible for filling the position, statutes, and other legal support for how to proceed were presented.
“It is my personal opinion that we have slid off the slope of discussing and approving budget matters and gotten into interpreting law. And, I don’t think that’s what this Court, we as elected officials were elected to do,” JP Brad Covington stated.
The Court voted to table the ordinance until further information can be obtained to guide a correct and legal decision.
Other ordinances amended the budget for establishing funds for various projects.
One ordinance, in particular, established a fund for the Bayou Trail Project Fund, which was created to appropriate money that was donated for the project.
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