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|Police Jury to contact Doty Road Center property owners|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday night to contact the owners of the property on which the Doty Road Center is located in Ferriday to reach a new lease agreement or see if the owners will donate the property to the parish.
If that works out, the Jury then plans to continue discussions with Sheriff Randy Maxwell about turning over the building to the Sheriff's Office, which currently leases the facility where community activities for adults and children are held.
"There are a lot of legal issues that we're working through," Ferrington said, noting that the Jury has not signed a lease agreement since 1994.
"We're suppose to sign a lease agreement every 10 years over a 30-year period but for some reason the lease hasn't been renewed since 1994," said Ferrington, although the contract called for a new lease signing in 2004.
Asst. Dist. Atty. Lauri Boyd said the Jury could legally donate the building to the sheriff's office.
The lease designates management of the center to the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO). CPSO agreed to hold the Jury harmless for any liability involving the center's operations and to provide a commissioned deputy for any function held at the facility at the expense of CPSO or the organization holding the function.
The property owner is Concordia Homecoming Corporation of Ferriday, Ferrington said, and Patricia O. Bush is listed on the contract as the company's representative and authorized agent.
The facility also houses the veteran's affairs officer.
Ferrington said the air conditioner at the facility "is not working right and that's going to have to be addressed, too."
In other business, the Jury:
-- Appointed Charles "Kippy" Blaney to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Board.
-- Approved payment of $21,000 to L-64 Inc. for Vidalia Canal spraying.
-- Okayed payment to Bryant Hammett & Associates totaling $529.38 for pit run gravel testing.
-- Approved an occupational license for Cassie Barker, Double X-Cel, 124 Hwy. 565, Jonesville.
-- Authorized an alcohol permit for James Neely Jr. and Sheryl Neely, Neely's Spokane Resort Inc., 4269 Hwy. 568, Ferriday, Class "B" Beer renewal.
-- Approved the transfer of $45,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund.
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