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Youngsville board approves additional financial duties for administrator Cordeiro

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YOUNGSVILLE — In its first meeting since swearing-in new town administrator Phillip Cordeiro last month, the Youngsville Board of Commissioners granted him additional financial duties at the March 14 meeting.

Duties that were unanimously approved included appointing Cordeiro as deputy finance officer and deputy town clerk. As deputy finance officer, Cordeiro has the authorization to cosign checks on behalf of the town.

“I’m kind of a fan of this” said Youngsville Mayor Fonzie Flowers as he introduced the resolution. “Currently, I have to go and sign checks all the time, so it’ll be awesome to have a finance guy and CPA handling this stuff for us.”

The board also approved a resolution authorizing the town administrator to execute budget amendments within departments and approbated contingency funds.

In his first official regular meeting as town administrator, Cordeiro already made changes to the meeting structure, such as changing the seat setup for both town officials and the public to better allow for meetings to be recorded on video and eventually streamed on the internet.

“Seeing these meetings through electronic means could stimulate more interaction and participation from citizens,” Cordeiro said.

The board also approved a special events policy for the town. The resolution establishes definitions for such positions as event organizers and differentiates private and public events as well as private and public property. It also establishes a permit requirement and review process and gives the police chief power to close streets as necessary to conduct events.

“This is a standard policy that is very respectful of citizens having their own private events but also have the mindset that these events could grow in size to inhibit the town’s abilities to provide effective public services,” Cordeiro said.

Cordeiro also noted that the policy could be modified should the town find any parts in the resolution that do not work.

The next meeting of the Youngsville Board of Commissioners is scheduled for April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Youngsville Community House, 115 E. Main St.