|Health Unit, Eugene Williams Road viewed by Police Jury|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury will wait for direction from officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals concerning renovation work to the Health Unit in Ferriday.
The Jury may also consider tweaking its policy on issuing building permits to subdivision developers due in part to a problem on the Eugene Williams Road in Ferriday.
These issues were discussed during the Jury's regular meeting Monday night.
On the Heath Unit issue, jurors have taken under advisement a bid of $394,000 from Reagan Builders, Inc., West Monroe, for renovation work at the facility. The bid is higher than the $240,000 budgeted for such work in the Jury's capital outlay budget.
"We're just going to have to see what can be done," said Jury President Melvin Ferrington. "This is the second time this project has been bid. The work is needed, but they don't have the funding to meet the cost of the low bid."
In other action, Ferrington said the Jury may have to amend its building permit ordinance to insure that developers perform all infrastructure work required for residential areas.
A delegation of residents from Eugene Williams Road said they were unable to get water from Concordia Waterworks District No. 1 because the lines were not run by the developer.
In a letter to the Police Jury concerning the matter, the waterworks board noted that it was policy "not to develop any property for private land owners and developers.
"All new subdivision plans are drawn by engineers and approved by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The waterlines are installed by the property owner or developer.
"Once the water line is installed to specifications, a donation is made to Concordia Waterworks District No 1. This includes all lines, with a 10 ft. easement. This has to be recorded by the property owner and a copy furnished to Concordia Waterworks. No work can be done to the waterline until the donation has been made.
"At this time, we know of no available funding for this project. Before the project could be funded, an engineering firm would need to complete a hydraulic study in this area.
"Currently, Concordia Waterworks is looking for funding for an elevated water tank. We have had no success in finding any funding to this date."
In other business, the Jury:
• Voted to purchase a tape recorder for $2,129.99 to record meetings.
• Heard a report from Doyle E. Robinson, Director, Delta Regional Authority Renewal Communities, Winnsboro, on grant programs available through the governor's office.
• Approve transfers of $2,375 from the Solid Waste Fund to the General Fund, $7,500 from the Sales Tax Fund to the General Fund and $10,000 from the General Fund to the Criminal Court Fund.
• Approved alcohol permits as follows:
-- King Watkins, Diamond K One Stop Shop, 220 Lee Tyler Road, Ferriday, Class B Beer and Liquor.
-- Peggy Kemp, P.J.'s Corner Stop, 2943 Hwy. 129, Monterey, Class B Beer.
-- Elnora Thomas, Thomas' Lounge, 120 Thomas Drive, Ferriday, Class A Beer.
-- Dodge Oil Company, Dodge's Store, Hwy. 84 West, Vidalia, Class B Beer.
-- David Crews, Duck's Nest II, 4273 Hwy. 568, Ferriday, Class A Beer and Liquor.
-- Jeffery Paul, Paul's Grocery, 8607 Hwy. 129, Monterey, Class B Beer.
-- Ronald Dean Wilson, Sonny's Food Mart, 15119 Hwy. 84, Wildsville, Class B Beer.
-- Charles R. Marsala Jr., Marsala Beverage Limited Partnership, Wholesale Beer and Liquor.
-- C. Kirk Montgomery, The Dock, 4301 Hwy. 568, Ferriday, Class A Beer and Liquor.
-- David Knapp, 84 Quick Stop, 8675 Hwy. 84, Ferriday, Class B Beer and Liquor.
-- Panola Woods Country Club, 266 Country Club Rd., Ferriday, Class A Beer and Liquor.
-- Sheryl Neely, Neely's Spokane Resort, 4269 Hwy. 568, Ferriday, Class B Beer.
-- Nicole Taylor, Stockyard Saloon, 4604 Hwy. 84 West, Vidalia, Class A Beer and Liquor.