A parish-owned, privately operated meeting hall might become a “bottle-club” for private events, if the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) goes along with the present operator’s request to sell the remainder of his 30 year lease to another operator.
Present tenant Carl Burton and the prospective operator Jimmy Shuff asked last night’s meeting of the jury’s Public Works Comittee for permission to sell the remainder of Burton’s lease and change the terms to allow BYOB events. Shuff said he and his family had served as “deejays” for wedding receptions, and other similar events.
Lincoln Hall was constructed in 2002. It is a 4800 sq ft banquet facility located adjacent to the North Louisiana Exhibition Center off Hwy 33, about five miles northeast of Ruston. The present lease agreement is in force until 2032.
At least one juror looked askance at such a deal.
“I think that if we do this, you’re setting precedent for a lot of other people to come and say we want a bottle club,” said Annette Straughter (District 12).
The committee voted to table the issue to allow the jury’s legal counsel to review the issue, and then reconsider any written proposals submitted by Burton and Shuff.
During the full jury meeting, there was a bit of discussion about Straughter’s recent attendance of a Delta Leadership Institute event in New Orleans, and the jury’s policy regarding reimbursement of expenses.