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UPDATE: Mayor says Jeanerette water system is not in violation

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UPDATE: Monday we reported that the Jeanerette Board of Aldermen learned that the city is in violation of state water regulations and is being fined $27,500 per day.

Today, Mayor Aprill Foulcard sent us a letter, stating this is incorrect. 

We're trying to verify the status of the water system.

In the  meantime, here's the mayor's letter: 

Monday night, the City of Jeanerette Alderman chose to table further discussion regarding the state taking over the city's finances. 

Mayor April Foulcard suggested the CPA firm Darnall Sikes Gardes & Frederick still continue to handle the city's finances until they heard back from the state. But, Alderman Tia Simmons, said she didn't think it would be a good idea. 

"We received an engagement letter from Darnall Sikes Gardes and Fredrick CPA firm, to continue to assist and prepare the financial statements for the city of Jeanerette for year end June 30th, 2018.  Pretty much you already know they have already done for the month of July and August but we are just asking that they continue because we do have to conduct business as usual," Foulcard said. 

"I also don't want to put them in a position to say okay this is what we are going to pay you, this is what we are going to do, and my concern was somebody comes in and says whoa everybody no, you cant do that," Simmons said. 

In addition to the city's longstanding audit problems, the city is being fined more than $27,000 a day for water system violations.  

Last month, a fiscal review board unanimously voted to appoint an administrator for the city after officials failed to complete any financial audits since 2014.

Auditors with the state commented that making sense of the city's records was difficult.

If the resolution is approved, an administrator will be appointed by a judge in local court. The administrator will have the ability to change the budget, reorganize the city's departments, and oversee all city employees. 

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