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|Ordinances passed for Lake St. John|
The Lake St. John Recreational & Water Conservation District Board of Directors passed ordinances and discussed plans for the construction of a community center during a meeting Monday night.
Tom Bell is president of the board, Milton Rawls, vice-president; Arthur Vaughn, acting secretary; and Bobby Marks, board member. A permanent secretary is expected to be named in the coming days.
The district has authority over the lake due to action by the Louisiana Legislature.
"We have the authority over the lake itself, not over the land," said Bell.
At Monday's meeting, the board passed an anti-litter law which includes any non-biodegradable substance. Those littering will be subject to a $250 fine and 40 hours of community service picking up litter off the lake.
The board also agreed to purchase an additional acre of land for the Lake St. John Community Center which is being built in cooperation with the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office.
The site is a mile from Spokane on Hwy. 568. The project will be discussed at the board's July 9th meeting.
"The public is invited to all of our meetings," said Bell.
Additionally, the board agreed to reposition and replace buoys as necessary with cooperation from the Sheriff's Office and agreed to pay for the gasoline and supplies needed for the work.
Bell said the board hopes to raise enough money during its October fundraiser to purchase a boat and motor to enforce the ordinances passed.
He said the lake level has been raised about seven inches to provide more water for the summer months.
"This will keep the lake from getting too low for public usage," he said, "and will increase the production of game fish. Any issues dealing with the lake are first taken through the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries. They have the final say."
Bell also said the board wished to express it thanks to Jeri Sue Tosspon for providing accounting services free of charge and to Curt Montgomery and his crew at The Dock for raising $4,200 for the community center.
Bell said to report any problems concerning the lake call 318-757-0013.
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