Archive for October, 2017

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) will meet Tuesday, October 10, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor. Here are the committee meeting times and agendas.

Insurance Committee – 5:00 PM

Public Works Committee – 5:30 PM

Finance Committee – 6:00 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

RHS’ Ellis Aces ACT Test


Davis Ellis (L), RHS Principal Ricky Durrett

Ruston High School Junior (RHS) Davis Ellis was recognized at yesterday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) for scoring a perfect 36 on the American College Test (ACT) college entrance exam. According to the organization’s website, of the 2.03 million 2017 high school graduates who took the test, only 2,760 scored a 36.

The test covers four skill areas, English, math, reading, and science.

In introducing Davis, ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol noted that Davis is:

A state champion in the State Literary Rally in Algebra II, he is a two-time state qualifier in tennis, and after being part of Ruston High’s state championship FBLA Parliamentary Procedure team, he went on to rank in the Top Ten in that event at the National FBLA Convention.

Davis thanked the board for the recognition, his parents for their mentoring, and one other important thing in his life.

Said Davis, “Most importantly, I would like to thank God, for without Him, there is no reason for me to be.”

The board also took care of some business, approving several significant changes to the medical benefits for employees and retirees. Among the changes are increased co-pays for drugs and emergency room visits, an increase in drug deductibles, and an increase in the maximum out-of-pocket cost to $4500 from $3500.

See here the memo.

The changes were contemplated at last month’s meeting, but were deferred after doubts among the board members.

In his remarks, District Superintendent Mike Milstead commented on the “Enhanced School Calendar” program that will allow students to attend during the summer months. The pilot program will be at two schools, Glenview and Cypress Springs.

Milstead has often noted that the traditional summer break creates a “learning loss” for some students.

Said Milstead, “At some point we will give all schools that option. I vision down the road in the next 3 or 4 years a stand-alone site.”

LPPJ, City to Collaborate on Animal Control Facility


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) is set to lend a hand (and money) to the planned animal control facility at the old Ruston Airport off South Farmerville Street.

According to a resolution adopted at last night’s Ruston City Council meeting, the jury will provide site clearing, fill material, and driveway construction for the planned facility.

The city had budgeted $1.5 million for the project.

Building Official Bill Sanderson said the project should be awarded in January of next year.

A vote on the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax ordinance was delayed until the November meeting, but a resolution allowing negotiating a cooperative endeavor agreement between the city and Hutton was approved.

See here the resolution.

According to City Attorney Bill Carter, the agreement will authorize “reimbursement for public infrastructure and site development.”

Finally, an ordinance was introduced for a budget amendment for the just-ended fiscal year 10/1/16-9/30/17.

See here the budget items amended.

School Board Meets Today


The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) will meet today (Tuesday, October 3) at 10:30 AM for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting location is different, and will be at Ruston High School, 900 Bearcat Drive, in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Here is the agenda.

Ruston City Council Monday


Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, October 2, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

A public hearing is scheduled prior to a vote to approve an ordinance for a 1/2 cent sales tax for the Cooktown Road Economic Development District.

Also, a resolution will be considered to approve a cooperative endeavor agreement between the city and Hutton MT 17, LLC relative to the collection and use of the sales tax.