Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor to Relocate

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury last night voted to approve a plan to relocate the Tax Assessor’s office from the courthouse to the Police Jury Complex on Alabama Avenue. While about $140 thousand will be needed for construction at the old Lincoln Council on Aging offices, this plan would save at least $100 thousand from the earlier plan to renovate the spaces in the old County Market building. Additionally, temporary relocation and storage of bulky files and records would be minimized.

District Twelve Juror R. D. “Mickey” Mays had come up with the idea at last month’s jury meeting.

The Public Property and Buildings Committee also approved the award of a bid for construction of a stairway at the Police Jury complex. Triad Builders of Ruston was the successful bidder.

The committee heard a report from Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone on plans to construct a $4 million public safety complex on 23 acres of land donated by the police jury for the project. The land is located across the road from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Road Camp Road. The sheriff said he had commitments for about $1 million in grants that could be used toward construction.

The committee voted to proceed with surveying and site preparation for the project, to be paid out of grant funds.

There was also discussion about proceeding with renovation of the soon-to-be-vacated assessor’s space that is to be occupied by the Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court, but it was decided to complete the assessor’s move first before tackling the next project.

Solid Waste Committee, Sparta Committee

Earlier the Solid Waste Committee voted to abandon plans to establish a dumpster megasite on LA Hwy 563 south of Simsboro. District Three Juror Bobby Bennett said many residents of the area had objected to the proposed location.

The Sparta Committee adopted a groundwater protection ordinance designed to protect water resources. There was some discussion about existing facilities that are within the 1000 foot protection radius and whether they would have to move. The ordinance says those facilities would be grandfathered in.

Public Works Committee

The committee voted enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the City of Ruston to lower the elevation of Longstraw Road near the Ruston Regional Airport. Also, the committee voted to continue a $25 thousand/season contract with Vector Disease Control, but not before discussion about whether the monitoring service is still needed. Two jurors, Jody Backus and Theresa Wyatt voted no on the proposal.

Also, the committee heard from a Choudrant-area resident who was having problems with packs of dogs in their area that had killed the family’s cats. The committee will investigate ordinances in other parishes in the area and also look into partnering with local municipalities who are equipped to deal with animal control issues.

Finance Committee

Committee Chair Jody Backus reviewed the quarterly revenue and expenditure report of the jury’s budget. Backus said that sales tax revenues and interest earnings on the hospital fund had declined from last year. While the situation is not critical, expenditures will have to be monitored closely, the committee members agreed.

Full Jury

The full jury took action on several bids for equipment: a front loading trash compactor truck for $184 thousand, a lot of refuse containers for $50 thousand, a used track hoe for $48 thousand, and a dump truck for $82 thousand. Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said all the bids had come in close the amounts originally budgeted for them.

Surplus playground equipment received no bids, so it was decided to donate it to the Methodist Children’s Home.

After accepting the committee reports, the jury adjourned at about 8 PM.

2 Responses to “Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor to Relocate”

  1. Relatively Quiet LPPJ Meeting Last Night « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] Dubach area residents were at the meeting to speak about issues with dogs in their neighborhood. At last month’s meeting, a Choudrant resident spoke of having similar issues. Legal counsel Andy Shealy said his staff had […]

  2. BOLO for New Lincoln Parish Tax From Sheriff « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] this point, there is not enough money to build the thing – recall that Stone showed up at the April police jury meeting, tin cup in hand. And any operating expenses (utilities, etc.) and repairs/maintenance will have to […]

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