Posted: Jul 16, 2012 5:44 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Jul 16, 2012 6:24 PM
"The records are there, they're available right now," said St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot. "All Ms. West has to do is make an appointment and come on over to the office."
Fontenot has until Tuesday to turn over financial documents the council requested last month. If he doesn't hand them over, the council says it's considering suing. In a statement to KATC, St. Landry Parish Council Member Pam Gautreau says,"Our attorney made a written request for 7 files. The request was made over 3 weeks ago, which according to the public document law, an agency has 72 hours to comply."
The request is more than 7 files. Fontenot says the council has requested two years worth of financial records for an investigation into the previous administration. Fontenot says he's made the documents available to the council's lawyer----Andrea West.
"The records are available, and their available and open for review by the council and or the attorney," said Fontenot. "They're available. We'll put them out on the table in the office, just go through them and make whatever copies they would like to have."
Fontenot is tired of the council hindering progress. He'd like to see less bickering and more solutions.
'We must first start out as being unified at the local government and get past these petty witch hunts about the past," said Fontenot.
He's confident he's complied with the law, welcomes legal action, but says it's a waste of time.
"But I certainly feel that I'm in compliance, so I'm not fearing tomorrow, I'm not having any anxiety about tomorrow," said Fontenot.
The financial documents in question are from the Don Menard administration from 2010 to 2011. The records include a complete inventory of parish assets such as computers, cell phones, invoices for professional services and a list of all contractors for all parish building renovation and remodeling projects.