Leader Blues

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

TOP STORY >> Audit by state

BY SARA GREENE
Leader staff writer

Accounting irregularities discovered in an annual state audit spurred the Beebe City Council on Monday to hire Leonard Fort as the interim code-enforcement officer, replacing Alan Ridings temporarily.

Council members told The Leader they couldn’t comment on the decision pending an internal investigation in the code-enforcement department budget.

A spokesman for the Department of Finance and Adminis-tration Division of Joint Legislative Audit told The Leader that auditors couldn’t comment on “accounting irregularities” or how long the investigation might take.

Fort had been the city code-enforcement officer from 1991 to 1999.

In other business, the city condemned two properties and pledged $1,400 toward a Fourth of July fireworks display.

The condemned properties are an abandoned home at 112 W. Illinois St. and the burned remains of a home at 613 California St.

The city’s Fourth of July celebration will be held at 4 p.m. at the Beebe Fire Department.

There will be a horseshoe competition, poetry reading, a martial arts demonstration, music by the Luke Williams band and a 30-minute fireworks display at dark.

The event is free.