Jury Hears Tornado Report

“This is the largest disaster that’s ever hit Lincoln Parish.”

So said Kip Franklin, Director of Lincoln Parish’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness to last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ), after his report on the events following last month’s tornado event.

Franklin gave credit to area first responders who were on the scene within minutes of the storm.

Also singled out for praise were Solid Waste Superintendent Cary Outley, Road Superintendent Jerry Doss, and their crews.

Both Franklin and jury Administrator Courtney Hall noted that Outley and the landfill crew worked many overtime hours dawn to dusk in the days following the storm.

We can attest first-hand to Doss’ arrival at daylight with a trackhoe and fleet of dump trucks to begin clearing the streets in the Burgessville Road area, which had significant damage.

Annette Straughter (District 12) said the Barnett Springs area of her district received significant damage.

“I just cannot thank you guys enough. I really appreciate all the work you did,” she said.

During the Solid Waste & Recycling Committee meeting, there was a bit of discussion about litter pickup.

Bobby Bennett (District 3) said he had been getting complaints from constituents. He suggested that the two man crew that has been hired by the jury might be more efficient if furnished with four-wheelers.

Others seemed cool to the idea, noting that liability might be an issue, and that some of the parish road ditches are too rough to be traversed by the vehicles.

It was decided to see how other parishes handle the issue.

In the past, it was a common sight to see parish prisoners working litter pickup, but most of the prisoners are now farmed out on work release programs.

Sheriff’s candidate George Webb (who was at the meeting) promised that if elected, he would see that adequate manpower would be available for that duty.

2 Responses to “Jury Hears Tornado Report”

  1. Robin Hood Says:

    Inmates do real good picking up litter

  2. RavenMad Says:

    “This is the largest disaster that’s ever hit Lincoln Parish.”

    “Aside from Ronnie Walker that is…”

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