|Police Jury updated on legislative session|
Roland Dartez of the Louisiana Police Jury Association updated the Concordia Parish Police Jury Monday night on proposed legislation for the upcoming legislative session, noting that economic issues will highlight the debates.
"Last year the state had a billion dollars to give away," said Dartez. "This year, we're looking for a billion."
He said efforts to change Homestead Exemption are in the works but "I don't see it passing."
A movement to provide more sales tax exemptions probably won't pass because of the poor economic times, he said, adding that the state's $40 million parish transportation fund may be reduced by 3.7 percent.
In other business, the Jury:
-- Reappointed Carolyn Magoun to the Riverland Medical Board of Directors.
-- Voted to pay L-64, Inc. $6,864 for clearing of Clayton Canal, Ardaman & Associated Inc. $21,272 for coring on Phase 1 roads, and Betty Toms, court reporter, for deposition transcripts concerning the Phase 1 lawsuit.
-- Approved occupational licenses for Johnnise Milligan, One Stop Shop, 220 Lee Tyler Road, Ferriday, and Homer B. Gossett Jr., Burt's Lawns, 340 Forest Rd., Vidalia.
-- Approved an alcohol license for Kandie Kay Thomas, Lake Market, 2215 Hwy. 568, Ferriday, Class B beer and liquor.
-- Approved transfers of $1,455 from the Highway Maintenance Fund to the General Fund, $3,350 from the Drainage Maintenance Fund to the General Fund, $1,585 from the Solid Waste Fund to the General Fund, $850 from the Public Health Fund to the General Fund, $5,025 from the Sales Tax Fund to the General Fund and $10,000 from the General Fund to the Criminal Court Fund.
-- On a motion by Jerry Beatty agreed to write letters involving its condemned houses' ordinance to the owners of property at the following addresses in Ferriday: 135 Doty Gardens, 275 Doty Gardens, 388 Levens Addition, Lot 31, Helena Plantation, 121 Shady Acres, 237 Shady Acres, 377 Shady Acres.
-- Voted to change the May 25 meeting date to May 26 due to Memorial Day.
-- Agreed to donate a used asphalt distributor to the Town of Ferriday.
-- Reappointed Willie Dunbar to the Kisatchie-Delta Board as the minority representative and changed Randy Temple's appointment to that of the Police Jury representative.
-- Voted to pay Bryant Hammett & Associates $28.13 for general work on Southwind Road.
-- Adopted a resolution in support of Concordia Waterworks District for a grant from the Office of Community Development for abandonment of all existing water well.
-- Voted to join the National Association of Counties and pay dues of $446 for this year.
-- Awarded Terry Trane of Ridgeland, Miss., a contract totaling $84,585 for a 50-ton chiller and split system for the old courthouse.