LPPJ Begins Process to Find Tenant

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) last night began the process to find a tenant to replace the Movie Gallery in the old County Market Building.

The Public Property and Buildings Committee passed a resolution directing jury Administrator Courtney Hall and Treasurer Bobby Gray, along with District Eight’s R. G. “Skip” Russell, to formalize bid specifications and a minimum price for the vacant store space. Russell has had extensive experience with local rental property and the consensus was that his expertise would be helpful to the process.

Movie Gallery had been paying a monthly rate of $4,333.33 a month to rent the property. None of the jurors would estimate how much any new tenant might be willing to pay in rental. The property will have to be advertised in the official journal at least three times and the state’s public bid law (Title 38 and Title 41) will have to be followed.

The jury is scheduled to hear back from Hall, Grey and Russell at the August meeting.

Gary Stockton from the Lincoln Parish office of the LSU AgCenter had a glum report on the future of the agency. Expectations are that some 200 layoffs may occur between now and October and would be spread over the system statewide.

Bids for the Expo Center portable building were read and awarded, with the winning bid of $3,575 about $1,000 above the minimum bid.

During the reports section of the agenda, mention was made of a briefing attended by several jurors concerning the new Sawgrass Storage, LLC project that is about to come to the area.

The project will develop the fully depleted Vaughn Sand Reservoir in Lincoln and Union Parishes, located approximately 9,000 feet below the surface. The formation will be converted from a gas production reservoir into a high-deliverability storage field.

Nineteen jobs will be created and it will significantly increase the tax valuations on the affected property. Some of jurors who just last month were critical of the “greedy oil companies” were rubbing their hands in anticipation of the additional taxes the jury will have to play with.

Three jurors, Theresa Wyatt, Sharyon Mayfield and Hazel Hunter, along with Treasurer Bobby Gray are set to attend the National Association of Counties (NACo) junket in Reno, NV later this week.

3 Responses to “LPPJ Begins Process to Find Tenant”

  1. Wascator Says:

    Interesting about Sawgrass; the largest property tax payer in Lincoln parish is the combination of Mississippi River Transmission Corp.’s storage plant and field south of Dubach and Laclede Gas, the St. Louis gas utility. Due to changes in the pipeline industry, Laclede contracts with MRT to provide storage but Laclede retains ownership of the substantial amount of gas which is being taxed as inventory.

    • Walter Abbott Says:

      Indeed good news about industry moving into the area. But it is so disappointing for some public officials to view businesses as nothing but sheep to be sheared for their taxable wool.

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