Cheryl Harrington, director of the Conway Sanitation Department, said later Thursday afternoon that this was also her understanding of the situation.
"The council at that time asked me if I was comfortable with the amount of money that we had to do this (purchase the $1.5 million automated recycling machine)," Harrington
"I told them 'yes, based on the figures that were given to me.'"
Harrington said that an e-mail in October from city Chief Financial Officer Robin Scott in stated that her department's reserve was about $4.5 million.
was again told by Scott at a special city council meeting held on Feb. 5 to discuss sweeping budget cuts to remedy the general fund reserve shortfall that her department's reserve was in good standing.
Alderwoman Mary Smith said Thursday evening that Harrington
"would have never in a million years come and asked us for a million-and-half-dollar piece of recycling equipment if she
knew," and that if the council had known the sanitation reserve's true figure, "we would never have approved that machine or most of the other things" spent out of it in 2009.
, Smith and Vaught each said that the new remedy to the new reserve problem had been presented to them by Townsell as a loan of about $2 million.
I was at the Council Meeting last Friday evening, when Ms. Harrington
was informed that the Sanitation Department fund was in very good shape, even after the expenditures that had been approved by the City Council.
, you are one of the best things to happen to the City of Conway!
I was also at last Fridays meeting when Mrs. Harrington
stood up and asked about their reserve and the mayor assured her
several times that they were fine and she
has tried several times to find out how much money she
had and all shes gotten is...'you are fine not to worry'....and the sanatation dept has helped this city with funds on more than one occasion....the sanatation dept has made money for this city for the last 5 years anyway. and to say 'look at them just driving around town' is bs....they are always working on something....they arent just 'loafing'....and if the cfo is teaching her
finance students at hendrix her
'business ethics' then I feel sorry for those students......besides all that how much attention can she
pay to the city OR her
students if she
is trying to do both jobs?????