Short Meeting for the Ouachita Parish Police Jury

It was possibly the shortest regular meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) that we’ve covered over the past four years – thirty-three minutes. Notable also was this was the first meeting we can recall that no visitors attended, save the media.

An ordinance creating a road lighting district was enacted, along with routine approval for several invoices and payments.

Drainage issues have had their share of attention lately, and they were again mentioned last night.

Police Jury President Shane Smiley (District E) said that a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to fund a drainage project for the Town & Country area had been denied. Smiley said that FEMA originally said they would fund the project, and a resolution was passed asking them to reconsider their denial.

Also on the subject of drainage, jury attorney Jay Mitchell reported on the Ouachita RV Park flooding issue that had been discussed at the 4/15/13 meeting of the jury.

Mitchell noted that the City of Monroe was also having drainage issues north of the interstate, and that some work in the area by the railroad may be related.

Said Mitchell, “We’re working on trying to get to the possible reason why all of a sudden these areas south of the interstate that claim to have never had flood problems before, all of a sudden are.”

Ouachita Parish Fire Chief Pat Hemphill reported that he and his staff were completing work on a policy manual for the department, and would be submitting it to the jury for review.

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