Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Community Action Board Reverses Action

Having voted by secret ballot in July to not seat Angela Meeks of Bradley County to the Southeast Community Action's Board of Directors, the board reversed action  and approved Angela Meeks as a representative of low income residents of the county during the August 16th board meeting.  The vote was done by a motion and second and by a show of hands.  Ms. Meeks was immediately seated and took part for the remainder of the meeting.  The matter of reconsidering Ms. Meeks appointment was brought up by Danny Mays and the motion to appoint her was made by Al Dixon.

Two other new members were seated :
Carolyn Harris of Ashley County representing the private sector
Alether Wright of Desha County representing the private sector

There has been a good deal of controversy over the appointment of board member such as who is legally appointed and whether or not proper procedures have been followed in the past to fill vacancies.

After spending well over thirty minutes trying to get the July board minutes corrected and approved, the board moved on and received reports on headstart, CSBG programs and reviewed and approved the financial reports. The Acting Executive Director also gave an administrative report, informing the board that the annual audit is underway.

During public comment time, several questions were asked about agency programs, especially relating to Desha County.  Mr. Darryl Johnson told the board that some of the members of the board are still not legal and should repay funds they have utilized for agency activities.

Gregg Reep submitted a written request to state officials present asking four things:
1. Are all current board members legitimately on the board?
2. Cite the law or regulations governing the boards authority to accept or reject appointments.
3. Can a properly selected person be rejected for appointment to the board for no reason or
4. Have all minutes from the past been corrected?
A copy of the request was presented to the local board.

Several board members were more engaged throughout the meeting, asking questions and voicing their desire to get things straightened out and moving forward to benefit the low income of the southeast region.

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