NRoute’s accountant resigns

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, March 24, 2011

NRoute’s accountant submitted his resignation Wednesday night, citing a lack of time for the position he has held since the bus line was opened four years ago.

“My time is not working,” Elvin Parker told the Board of Commissioners during its monthly meeting. “I’ve worked extensively with this program. I’ve enjoyed it. I’m leaving you feeling good about it because you have a clean set of books.”

Parker, whose company is Parker Tax Service, is the chief financial officer for the City of Port Gibson. He was contracted by NRoute for $15,500 per year to manage its books. His contract initially was for two years, but since he has worked under a continuation clause.

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“He served the board well,” said board vice president Alvin Taylor, who presided in the absence of president Mark Buys.

In December, NRoute overcame a threat of losing funding by the City of Vicksburg and a year of scrutiny over its finances.

The city had demanded audits of the agency’s books for 2008 and 2009 before it would release any of its $135,000 allocation.

However, in November it released the first monthly installment of $11,500 in order for the agency to make payroll.

The two audits, conducted by Jackson-based Banks, Finley, White & Co., showed clean books for each year.

The board did not decide when to hire another accountant.

In other business, board members said they will advertise for sealed bids for tools to be purchased through a $50,000 allocation from Mississippi Department of Transportation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Executive Director Evelyn Bumpers said the tools will be handed over to the city’s inventory list.

“Since the city services our buses, it was logical to give them the tools,” Bumpers said.