I stand corrected

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the County’s contract with Kenneth M. Murphree, LLC.  I stated that this 2 year contract was set to expire on 12 Jun 2010.  I have since learned this contract will actually expire on 30 Jun 2010.  Here’s what the contract says: “The term of this Agreement shall be for approximately two years commencing on June 13, 2008 and terminating on June 30, 2010 provided, however, that this Agreement shall continue on a month to month basis on the same terms and conditions unless terminated by either party on thirty (30) days prior written notice.”  On this one point, I stand corrected.
Let’s review: What are we paying for again?  The contract says: “Consultant will use his best efforts and devote the amount of time and attention necessary and required for the development, organization and relocation of the Mid-South Fair to Tunica County.”  As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?”  The contract also states: “In addition to the Mid-South Fair, consultant will work with the members of the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator with regard to prioritizing other projects and the implementation and operation of the same.”
Now we find Murphree is visiting various meetings to the tune of $85 per hour.  Remember we reported a claim for “$1,712.50 covering the 16 Mar through the 15 Apr time frame” and the Transparency Committee promised to review the next claim starting with 16 Apr.  Well, we did that.  The next claim covers the 16 Apr through the 3 May (18 days) time frame and the county was billed $2,082.50.  Again the work performed was noted as C of C (Chamber of Commerce), County Officials, TCAA (Tunica County Airport Authority), TCRC (Tunica County Recreation Commission), the Arena, the BOS (Board of Supervisors) and FEMA.
When we discussed this new claim in the Transparency Committee, the most frequent comment was: “Isn’t this the County Administrator’s job?”  Another comment: “So, we now have two County Administrators?”  My comment: “I thought Randy Stewart was in charge of FEMA in our county.”
Come on Supervisors, you need to give 30 days notice on this contract.  Only three of you voted for it in the first place.  We are paying you to do your jobs and we are paying the County Administrator to do his.  Show us all some respect.
Barbara Tuchel
PS: The next Tunicans for Transparency in Government meeting will be held on 13 Jul 2010 from 1p to 3p in the R.C. Irwin Public Library.  All adult residents of Tunica County and all elected officials are welcome to attend.

-Barbara Tuchel

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