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OPPJ Reviews Audit

07/30/2014

Monday night, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) reviewed their audit for 2013, and were told that overall, it was a good report.

Asked if there was “anything we’re doing wrong?”, Huffman & Soignier’s Francis Huffmain said “No one’s doing everything perfect.” He went on to say that there was nothing found that materially affected the organization.

Like the Jackson Parish Police Jury’s (JPPJ) audit, the OPPJ report cited the lack of reporting on the parish’s “component units.” However, in an interview with LPNO, Huffman said that this was nothing to be alarmed about, and that the financials of the jury itself were completely in order and rated an “unmodified opinion.” While the component unit agencies are related to jury operations, those entities are independent as far as financial reporting goes, and must undergo their own independent audits, Huffman said.

That condition also prevails at the JPPJ – that agency’s financials also rated an “unmodified opinion.” Our story earlier this week did not make that distinction.

In other business, the jury heard from the Stubbs Vinson Neighborhood Group regarding the building of an adolescent addiction center home in the area, which is east of Swartz.

The jury’s legal adviser had told the group that as the parish has no zoning authority, there was nothing that could be done from that standpoint. Parish Engineer Kevin Crosby said that the proposed construction met all the requirements for area drainage, sewer systems, and traffic flow.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/27/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 28, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

OPPJ Unable to Muster Quorum, Meeting Cancelled

07/21/2014

With one juror out of town, and two other jurors with spouses undergoing surgery, the six-person Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) was unable to gather a quorum for tonight’s meeting, Scotty Roberson (District A) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO).

The meeting will be rescheduled within the next week or so, he said.

Ouchita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/20/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 21, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

See here the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

07/04/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, July 7, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

OPPJ Hears NELA “Branding” Pitch

06/17/2014

Last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) heard a request for money – about $50 thousand – to help improve the “brand” the four parish area of Ouachita, Union, Morehouse, and Lincoln.

Making the pitch was Christine Rambo, Senior Vice President for Communications and Development for the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. The goal is, according to Rambo, the recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce to the area.

Rambo, along with Annmarie Sartor of CenturyLink are heading up the North Louisiana Branding Project, that will in collaboration with the DCI Group, develop and present a positive image for the area.

Said Rambo, potential employees “get all the negatives about this place, and coming to work at this place, and living in this place.” To counteract that image, “We take a proactive approach to marketing our area to the rest of the world,” Rambo added. “In the absence of a brand and identity for this region, everybody else defines who we are. In the vacuum, all the negatives fill that space.”

Rambo said they hope to raise about $200 thousand from local area governments.

In other business, the jury gave final approval to an ordinance that would provide administrative procedures for the sale of adjudicated properties, which is property is property that has been placed in local governmental hands because local property taxes have not been paid.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

06/15/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, June 16, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

06/01/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, June 2, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

See here the agenda.

Monday’s OPPJ Meeting

05/20/2014

Last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) lasted 27 minutes, perhaps a record in the five years we have been covering the body. We vividly recall meetings of three hours or more.

During the visitors part of the meeting, S. E. Huey’s Markly Huey addressed an ongoing project to produce flood maps for the Frenchman’s Bend subdivision. Huey said the proposed maps had been reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), and should be published soon.

On another flooding issue, the jury voted to retain Lazenby & Associates to develop cost estimates for projects in the Town & Country and Tanglewood subdivisions. The updated estimates would be used for grant applications.

Architect Tommy Hatten also appeared before the jury soliciting business on upcoming building projects.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/18/2014

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, May 19, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.


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