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August 18, 2017

Meeting Week: School, Town & Networking


It’s POWER week for Luther.

Monday is the School Board meeting.
Tuesday is the Town Board.

luther-business-meet-greet-1And Wednesday is The Luther Register Business Meet & Greet. There’s no agenda required for that one. Just networking and starting a conversation among business owners and neighbors. Please come.

As for the School Board. Click here for the agenda. And here for financial information.

As part of Superintendent Sheldon Buxton’s report, opening enrollment numbers will be shared. The new school year started just last week, reflecting a new calendar that shortens the school year with longer daily school hours. In addition, new activity fund-raisers will be considered for approval by board members. And the board will also discuss sanctioning the following accounts: Trevino Scholarship Fund, Lion Foundation, Luther Athletic Booster Club, 4H Club and FFA “I Believe” Scholarship.

Henry and Taft

Henry and Taft

As for the Town of Luther. The agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting is expected to be made public on Monday. It will be the first regular meeting since Trustee Ron Henry was charged with voter fraud, and trespassing on a neighbor’s property. He faces a court date next month. Although Mayor Cecilia Taft was not charged in the voter fraud scandal, she admitted to investigators that she notarized the alleged fraudulent ballots from the April 2015 town election. Some have called for her resignation, including former Mayor Lea Ann Jackson who also accused Taft of tortious interference for contacting Jackson’s employment following an Open Records Request.

Speaking of Open Records Requests, information requests by The Luther Register regarding a sudden infusion of funds into the Town Rainy Day Fund remain unanswered. Puzzlingly, at the July 12 meeting, there was no action regarding an item  about the low emergency fund balance.

  • From the story:
    Tabled. Consideration to put $25 away each month for the town’s Rainy Day Fund. Henry argued the town should be saving more money than that to cope with future emergencies such as a sewer failure or other problems. The board is expected to reconsider its savings plan for the Town and LPWA at a future meeting. The town currently has $170 in its Rainy Day Fund and $234 in the LPWA Rainy Day Fund (as of June 30, 2016).

At the August meeting, the Treasurer’s Report listed a $3,192.74 balance in the Town Rainy Day Fund (LPWA Rainy Day was $320.07). No explanation (or celebration) was shared either in an open meeting or from email requests.

In addition, bank records show a $200 deposit from Donita Roby, the former Town Clerk & Treasurer convicting of embezzling funds from The Town. Her punishment from her January 2016 conviction is to send $200 a month to The Town until the $48,000 is repaid. There has been no agenda item, nor formal action about where the repayment would be directed.

Both the Town and the School Board Meetings are public meetings. The Luther Register plans to broadcast each meeting on Periscope.

And see you Wednesday at the Business Meet & Greet at the 116 Market at 5:00 pm.

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