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|Jurors discuss courthouse security|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed Monday night to look into making the courthouse more secure and hopes to get a grant to fund the work.
Juror Randy Temple said he was "very upset" to learn that a meeting room was used in the courthouse recently and that when it ended, no one locked the doors.
"The courthouse was wide open all weekend," he said.
Temple said general security needs to be upgraded and noted that judges and courthouse officials have discussed the need for better security.
"This is something that is going to have to be done," said Temple. "It's being done in other places and we need to do it here."
Jury President Melvin Ferrington said a number of people who haven't worked at the courthouse for up to 20 years ago may still have keys.
Jurors agreed to work with Homeland Security Director Morris White in obtaining a plan and funding for security at the facility.
"We need to make this a part of our capital outlay budget for next year," said Ferrington.
In other action, the Jury agreed to ask the National Guard to assist in upgrading the Deer Park Road.
A resident asked the Jury to provide upgrades to the road, noting that there are five low spots that could be built up. She said residents are often unable to get to their homes when the water covers portions of the road and that mail can't be delivered once the road is impassable.
In addition to asking for National Guard assistance, the Jury agreed to provide some upgrades once the weather clears.
In other business, the Jury:
-- Voted to enter an intergovernmental agreement with the Sheriff's Office in the donation of the Doty Road Center. The Sheriff's Office has operated the facility for past years which is used for community events and housing for the veterans' administration officer.
-- Awarded the bid for the Clerk of Court's mobile filing system to Document Storage Solutions totaling $41,700.
-- Awarded bid for new courthouse storage building to Edgin Construction, the only bidder, for $32,757.
-- Awarded bid for air conditioning system at Concordia Parish Health Unit to Ace Air Conditioning of Vidalia at a cost of $6,300.
-- Voted to pay $8,169 to Davenport, Files & Kelly for legal work involving litigation in the Jury's Phase 1 hardsurfacing program.
-- Agreed to write a letter of support for Riverland Medical Center's rural health program grant application.
-- Voted to pay Bryant Hammett & Associates $139.70 for work involving JK&S testing gradation.
-- Approved payment of $1,550 in autopsy fees to Louisiana Forensics.
-- Voted to advertise for a lease purchase agreement for a new motor grader.
-- Approved occupational licenses for Carolyn Ellis, Bayou Bait, 162 Bodark Rd., Monterey; and Molly M. Cooper, Molly's Honey, 202 Tillman Rd., Ferriday.
-- Approved transfers of $45,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund.
-- Voted to write a letter of support for the Vidalia port.
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