Strike Three for Calhoun @ OPPJ

For the third time in as many meetings of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ), District B’s Mack Calhoun failed to get a second to his motion to build a branch of the Ouachita Parish Library in Calhoun.

The motion came after twenty minutes of often rancorous commentary from Calhoun, chastising his fellow jurors for not supporting his plan.

District C’s Walt Caldwell said that while he supported construction of branch in Calhoun, the library board needed time to put forth a strategic plan, with adequate budgets to support the system.

Said Caldwell, “I think that the library board need make their five-year plan, and I would like to see this as part of it. I support this library.”

Library Director Robin Toms, who was unable to attend last night’s meeting, wrote in an email that planning was underway to that end.

I will not be able to attend the jury meeting tonight so I wanted to update you all on the action taken at the library board meeting held on June 11, 2015. The board voted to approve a timeline for the development of a new strategic plan for library services and facilities over the next 5 years. The timeline calls for the utilization of a community survey, focus group meetings, library staff and board meetings between July and October of 2015. The board intends to approve the final plan in December and present it to the full police jury in January. The board and I will be assisted in this process by Diane Brown, Associate State Librarian with the State Library of Louisiana.

See here the document.

Calhoun would have none of it and continued to harangue the other jurors.

Even District F’s Pat Moore tried to calm Calhoun, to no effect.

Said Moore, “If we’re going to be calling people names, and just conducting ourselves like this, then I think that’s out of order.”

After Calhoun made his motion with no second, he seemed to run out of wind. As jury elections are later this year, Calhoun’s efforts appear geared more for free publicity than for reasoned discussion.

In other business, Parish Engineer Kevin Crosby told the jurors that the project to improve drainage and widen Fink’s Hideaway Road should be substantially complete by the end of the year.

The $8.7 million project has been underway for about a year, Crosby estimated. The road, which connects the Swartz area to Hwy 165 North, is one of the most heavily traveled in the area.

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2 Responses to “Strike Three for Calhoun @ OPPJ”

  1. Oldman Says:

    “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” quote from the last great president we had, Kind of sounds like the government we have now,it’s only taxpayers money and there’s always more.

  2. 0bama Says:

    Let Calhoun have the damn ball.

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