Flooding Issues Wash Over OPPJ

Flooding issues took up most of Monday night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ).

At issue was flooding at Ouachita RV Park during last week’s rainstorm. Flooding of the park had come up before, at the jury’s 5/2/11 meeting.

Ronnie Cole, Maintenance Manager for the park spoke to the jury about the issue, and said he was going to stay on it until a solution was found.

Said Cole, “The water that’s coming from the north side of Interstate 20 is coming on the south side.” He suggested the ditches flowing south from the road needed cleaning out.

Several jurors noted that it was not just a jury problem, and that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and the City of Monroe needed to be involved in the solution. At least one new development on the north side of I-20 has a large parking area that sheds water toward the south, and are inside Monroe’s corporate limits.

It was also brought out that the ditches in question are on private property and do not belong to Ouachita Parish.

A motion was passed to begin an engineering study on the area and report back to the jury. A motion to table the issue failed on a tie vote.

In making the motion to table, District A’s Scotty Robinson said that no matter what the study said, they “still can’t do anything” as the ditches don’t belong to the public.

In other business, the jury unanimously passed a resolution asking the area legislative delegation to oppose House Bill 555.

See here Resolution 13-19.

According to the resolution, the bill would allow:

the towns of Richwood and Sterlington to claim a disproportionate share of existing parish sales tax revenue without affording the parish citizens who approved and pay such taxes an opportunity to vote for or against such re-dedication…

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