GOULD — Gould Mayor Earnest Nash Jr. has vetoed the sweeping decisions four city council members made in a special meeting Jan. 10.

GOULD — Gould Mayor Earnest Nash Jr. has vetoed the sweeping decisions four city council members made in a special meeting Jan. 10.

The council, however, is expected to override the vetoes at its next regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 14.

Meanwhile, Nash, who along with the two-member police department and the city’s court clerk, haven’t been paid in more than four weeks because city council members are refusing to sign any checks, said he is tired of Gould being the “laughingstock” of Arkansas.

“I’m like the other citizens here,” Nash said. “I’m tired of our city being embarrassed. I’m tired of our city being the laughingstock of Lincoln County and Southeast Arkansas and the state of Arkansas.”

On Jan. 10, four aldermen — Sonja Farley, Harry Hall, Rosleanna Smith-Lee and Veronica Tensley — voted to appoint Pamela Barley Gibson as recorder-treasurer, to fire all the members of the Municipal Water and Sewer Commission — Chairman Johnny Hendrix, Kenneth Pointer, Lee Swygart and Edward Lane — and to fire Police Chief Talvin Collins as well as part-time police officer Tim Peterson.

However, Nash vetoed the decisions Jan. 11. Also, Nash and aldermen Essie Mae Cableton and Ermer Preston, neither of whom attended the meeting Jan. 10, held a special meeting Jan. 4 because Nash said he had to be out of town in Little Rock for a meeting Jan. 10.

Nash also said that the meeting held Jan. 10 was “illegal” because neither he, Cableton, Preston or the press were notified, which would be a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. But some on the council have reportedly said that Nash canceled the regular meeting just hours before it was scheduled to start and locked city hall, so the council decided to meet anyway at the Lions Club building.

The council had reportedly said that they fired the water and sewer commissioners because they have allegedly ignored repeated council requests to attend council meetings “and explain the large number of leaks in the water system.”

The reason given for terminating the police officers was because Collins allegedly “never shows up for work” and no tickets had been issued in the city.

Reached for comment on Monday, Nash said Gibson owns a house in Star City and he does not believe she moved back to Gould, as would be required to hold the office of recorder-treasurer.

Gibson acknowledges she owns a home in Star City, but said she moved back to Gould while other members of her family live in her Star City house. Gibson said she has moved into a mobile home on the lot she owns in town at 709 W. Star St.

Nash also claimed that Gibson said she would work with the city council and the citizens of Gould but not Nash. Gibson, however, said on Tuesday that she never said she would refuse to work with Nash.

Nash said he asked the council, at the suggestion of Arkansas Municipal League President Don Zimmerman, to hold a “straw vote” on the recorder-treasurer’s position at city hall Jan. 30 for the citizens. But, said Nash, the council rejected the idea.

“The citizens of Gould are really tired of everything that’s going on,” said Nash. “It really makes us look like we are a group of African-Americans that cannot get along and that’s the farthest thing from the truth because it’s just a few bad apples in the barrel. I’m not the one who keeps trying to fire the police officers. I’m not the one who keeps trying to shut the court down and shut the police department down. Those are the city council members.”