OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) – Tensions were high at the Opelousas City Council meeting Tuesday, as a group of residents continues to lash out against mayor Reginald Tatum.
“It’s time for this to stop because Opelousas can not move forward if we keep getting bombarded with public records request,” said Mayor Tatum.
That is the mayor’s reaction to continuous allegations and requests regarding overtime clocked during the August flood. Some residents claim Tatum collected over time illegally, but he said he didn’t do anything wrong.
“I was basically following the orders of FEMA, which was telling me to fill out for reimbursement overtime, which I did. I filled out for every single city employee that was at the shelter, myself included.”
MayorTatum said this issue is just one of many that his administration is dealing with.
“Now the big issue with the council, the council is complaining that we turned in sheet without them signing. No councilmen has ever come in to sign their time sheet. We always do their time sheet. We are not doing anything then what has been done, not only for my administration but also the administration before and the administration before that.”
The budget has also been an area for attack.
“This time every department went under budget and I praise my department heads for what they did. It’s ludicrous. The council approved the budget then they turned around and said yall were under budget but we don’t like it.”
Mayor Tatum said he has had enough.
“They’re trying to make me this monster like oh I’m taking money from the citizens of Opelousas, and I’m not because we will get reimbursed. They are basically wanting to be against me for anything and everything.”