After many years of private contractors hauling trash from the collection site off Arkansas Plant Road to a Union Parish landfill, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s (LPPJ) Solid Waste Committee unanimously voted to use parish equipment and personnel to do the work. Jackie White, Inc. had previously contracted for the work until earlier this year.
Committee Chair Walter Pullen (District 6) noted that juror Bobby Bennett (District 3) had long advocated that the jury could do the job cheaper and more efficiently than a contractor. Pullen estimated the savings will be about $150 thousand for the year.
Said Pullen, “My colleague Mr. Bennett has for years been saying this. And he’s right.”
Indeed, see here our reporting from 10/13/09.
The Finance Committee voted to award employees a 2 1/2% cost of living raise, the same amount that has been awarded for the past several years. However, the vote wasn’t unanimous, as District 1’s Theresa Wyatt said the entry level employees should receive a greater increase.
The committee unanimously approved preliminary awards to various agencies at the same level as last year. The amounts may be adjusted after additional budget reviews, it was said.
See here the list.
The Insurance Committee got good news and bad news.
While the jury’s property and casualty insurance rates have been stable for the past several years, employee medical insurance will increase about 10%.
See here the memo.