New Pankey police substation may be leased by the wrong people

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - TheLittle Rock board of directors voted 9-1 on Tuesday night to secure a newpolice substation to be built inside the vacant Josephine Pankey EducationCenter, but some Pankey residents are concerned the vote wasn't being done bythe books.

Roberta & BarbaraDouglas spoke up at Tuesday's city director's meeting saying they oppose thenew police substation, not because they don't support a substation being builtin their neighborhood but because it's being done through improper channels.

"We welcome the project,"said Roberta Douglas. "We just want tomake sure that it's done right and it's done with all of the voices of thecommunity being heard and not allowing one family to speak for all of us."

Douglas believes the leaseagreement that would put LRPD into the Pankey Education Center for 25 years isbeing discussed with the wrong people. She claims it was her mother and grandmother that helped to co-find thePankey Community Improvement Association, Inc. that is entering into said leaseagreement.

According to Douglas, thecurrent leadership of the Pankey Community Improvement Association fraudulentlyput themselves in that position by listing themselves on documents filed withthe Secretary of State's office. TomCarpenter, city attorney for Little Rock, said because they are listed as suchit appears the city is dealing with the right people.

"Six different filingswith the Secretary of State's office show that the people with whom we'recontracting for the lease agreement are the people who are the officers of thecorporation," said Carpenter at Tuesday night's director's meeting.

But Douglas is convincednot all the "I's" are dotted and "T's" are crossed in this situation andbecause of that she believes Pankey community members are being left out of thedecision making process. Douglas saidthe board's decision was made in haste.

"I've never had anattorney ever tell me sign something and then we'll go back and fix what yousigned," said Douglas.

Douglas now says she andher mother Barbara are seeking legal recourse to rectify Tuesday night'sdecision.