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|Police Jury eyes pay raise, building inspection program|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury will consider raising member pay by $400 per month at its December 8 meeting and is also considering whether to hire a private company to handle parishwide commercial and residential building inspections.
On a motion by Jerry Beatty, seconded by Willie Dunbar, the Jury voted to place the pay raise matter on the agenda next month. Juror Randy Temple opposed the measure.
Jurors presently earn $1,200 a month but can earn the maximum allowed by state law of $1,600 monthly.
The Jury will also consider whether to provide the Jury president a $400 per month stipend above his regular pay as a juror. The president currently is not compensated for serving in that position.
The Jury is also considering whether to contract with Louisiana ITBS (Institute for Building Technology & Safety) to handle its residential and commercial building inspections.
Jurors will have to make a decision soon to upgrade its permitting and inspection process due to guidelines imposed by the state following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
"This is all due to Act 12 of the Legislature," said Jury President Melvin Ferrington.
Greg Blount of ITBS laid out the company's services with a slide presentation. ITBS is a private company.
He said ITBS has certified inspectors for both commercial and residential projects involving electrical, mechanical, plumbing and energy requirements for home and businesses. Blount said a residential plans examiner is now required by law.
Fees charged by ITBS to homeowners range total $1,000 for up to 3,000 square feet to $1,200 for 5,000-plus square feet. Other charges include up to $225 for manufactured homes and $85 for a temporary utility pole for such businesses as fireworks stands.
Commercial fees also vary, ranging from $450 for plans review to $1,350 for inspections.
The Jury voted to turned the matter over to its Policy Committee.
"Right now we give people a choice of building inspectors," said Ferrington. "I'm not sure that we are now fully qualified to satisfy Act 12. That's why we're looking at ITBS."
In other business, the Jury:
-- Voted to provide fencing at the Frogmore compactor site in response to Department of Environmental Quality recommendations.
-- Reappointed Fred Butcher to the Riverland Medical Center Board of Directors.
-- Agreed not to pay the remainder due on an invoice from Louisiana Forensic Center for an autopsy. The Jury has paid $500 on the $1,500 bill, said Ferrington, but refused to pay the balance until an itemized bill is sent, something the Jury has requested on more than one occasion.
-- Approved payment of $9,000 to L-64 for Vidalia Canal work.
-- Reappointed Jerry Beatty and Hugh "Butch" Bateman to the Northeast Delta RC&D Board.
-- Approved occupational licenses for Kenisha Williams, First Fruits Floral, 520 Doty Rd., Ferriday; Brantech Design LLC, 11054 Hwy. 84, Ferriday; and George Olson, Concordia Storage, 5005 Hwy. 84 West.
-- Approved 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 $50,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Drainage Maintenance Fund.
-- Went into executive session to discuss personnel.
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