During public comments, the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wilda Smith spoke about the condition of Main Street Jonesboro sidewalks. Apparently, the pea-gravel/expoxy overlay that had been placed on the sidewalks some thirty years ago has deteriorated to the extent that it has made the sidewalks unsafe, Smith said.
Said Smith, “Something needs to be done before somebody else gets hurt.”
District A’s Sam Lamkin echoed Smith’s concerns. He and District B’s Renee Stringer promised to address the issue.
Smith wanted the item to be placed on the agenda for next month’s meeting.
The issue of the police department’s cars came up during department head reports. Chief Wesley Horton noted that some of the communications and camera equipment in the cars were supplied by U. S. Homeland Security, he had signed for it, and he would be responsible for returning it to the agency, if ever that were required.
The vehicles still carry liability insurance, but not collision and comprehensive, Horton said.
Horton also noted that he didn’t know what the current status of his budget, as he had not seen any figures since last summer.
Two other agenda items – airport sealcoat and LCDBG signatory authority – were tabled, since the town remained on the Legislative Auditor’s non-compliance list, and it was unknown when/if the town would be eligible for grant funds.