The Finance and Personnel committees of the Pine Bluff Parks Commission Monday addressed the evaluation process for a paint contractor, the cost to run a Chester Hynes Community program and the allegations about illegal immigrants who worked at the center.

The Finance and Personnel committees of the Pine Bluff Parks Commission Monday addressed the evaluation process for a paint contractor, the cost to run a Chester Hynes Community program and the allegations about illegal immigrants who worked at the center.

Commissioner Kami Hunt chaired both meetings and began the Personnel Committee meeting by questioning Department Director Angela Parker over the procedures she used to evaluate the job done by paint contractor Keith Ross at Chester Hynes in July.

“I am not questioning whether you should have filed a complaint over the quality of his work,” Hunt said to Parker. “I thought that if you are making a complaint then the commission should be notified.”

Hunt said that it appeared as if Ross had not been given an adequate opportunity to address any problems that Parker had found with the quality of his work.

“We had agreed to reconcile the punch list with him [Ross] before,” Hunt said. “Nobody has pointed out to him the grids that need to be redone.”

Parker said that most of what Ross had done was in need of more work.

“Every bit of the ceiling grid is inconsistent,” Parker said. “None of it matches.”

“As it stands he’s waiting for the problems to be pointed out,” Hunt said of Ross. “So can we say that the status of the project is incomplete?”

Parker answered in the affirmative.

Hunt then questioned the amount of money paid to U.S. Grant, a part-time contract employee.

“He was paid $3,600 for 30 hours of work,” Hunt said. “That comes to $120 per hour. I don’t know of any job in the city that pays anywhere close to $120 an hour.”

Parker said that the nature of contract work often created difficulties in determining compensation.

Commissioner Christopher Blunt said that the department should have a standard hiring list that documents how many people should be hired for each project carried out by the department.

Blunt’s comment came in response to a discussion of the summer expenses for Chester Hynes exceeding the budget allotment due to the hiring of more summer workers than necessary.

Hunt asked Parker if the immigration status of four workers who had been installing a new gym floor at Chester Hynes and were questioned by an officer with the Pine Bluff Police Department after an Aug. 14 traffic stop had been determined.

“I was under the impression that Sports Floors Inc. either has papers to show they are here legally or they don’t,” Hunt said.

Parker said that she would call the company and find out what the immigration status of the four men is.

Hunt, Blunt, and Parker conferred that the evaluation system for Parks Department employees was unnecessary given the fact that the employees are not eligible for any type of merit pay.

Finance

The Finance Committee reviewed an expense report prepared by Community Centers Director Laura Hildreth.

The report showed that the 2012 summer program was $56,900 more expensive than the 2011 summer program.

“Laura had more projects this year than there were last year,” Parker said. “Before it was mostly just babysitting.”

Both Hunt and Blunt asked Parker to prepare a breakdown of the exact nature of the additional expenses for this year versus 2011.

“We need these figures to be able to fight for her at City Council,” Hunt said.

Hildreth’s budget showed that in order for Chester Hynes and the Merrill Center to be able to stay open for the rest of the year the Parks Department needs $107,050.

Parker was hopeful that some of the $400,000 in funds generated by a bond issue could be used for special programs held at the community centers.