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|Police Jury continues storm cleanup|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury is continuing to dispose of many of the small limbs and branches which fell during recent storms, but has yet to receive permission from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on disposal of larger pieces.
Yet Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said the Jury is staying busy disposing of some of the debris.
"We have a new chipper and are going around the parish picking up and chipping what Diamond Disposal can't pick up," said Ferrington. "A private property owner has given us permission to dispose of that material."
But he said the bigger pieces "will have to be hauled to the parish barn" for future disposal. "DEQ has given us permission to haul debris to the parish barn but has not given us permission to dispose of it by chipping or burning. They were suppose to have notified us about this by now, but we're still waiting."
Meanwhile, those recent storms and subsequent heavy rains have caused drainage problems for residents living along Sage Road and Vail Acres. Some of those residents were in attendance at the Jury's regular monthly meeting held Tuesday night due to Memorial Day on Monday.
"As a result of the sewer project, the ditches have filled up," said Ferrington. "Some of the problem is caused by private property owners who have placed culverts in the ditches that are too small. And this was made worse by the heavy rains."
He said Road Supt. Jackie Pugh was surveying the streets on Wednesday.
"We're going to notify property owners if they culverts need to be reset or replaced where we can get this problem fixed," said Ferrington.
In other business, the Jury:
-- Granted a request by Real Ministries to use the Old Courthouse grounds for an evangelistic outreach program on June 13, 2009.
-- Approved payment to Davenport, Files & Kelly in the amount of $10,201.09 for service rendered in the Jury's lawsuit concerning its Phase 1 hardsurfacing program.
-- Agreed to pay $1,095 for radar equipment for the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office.
-- Authorized the secretary-treasurer to contact the parish engineer concerning utility removal and relocation for the Turtle Lake Bridge Project.
-- On the recommendation of juror Willie Dunbar, agreed to look into its building permit system to weed out situations in which some individuals are not getting permits as required.
-- Reappointed Ellis Taylor and Charles Turner to the Board of Concordia Parish Sewerage District No. 1.
-- Revised its general fund budget.
-- Approved an occupational license for Jake L. Rogers, Joe's Horseshoe Marina Inc., 3871 Hwy. 129, Monterey, and an alcohol permit for Class B Beer and Liquor.
-- Transferred $45,000 from the Sale Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund.
-- Agreed to pay an additional $412.50 for the CodeRed weather alert system, which will provide unlimited minutes for the service.
Capt. Frankie Carroll of the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office said all of the phone numbers in the parish's 911 system will be included in the system, which provides immediate alerts in the event of storms or other emergencies. He said cell phone users will have to call to register their numbers.
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