Plan Hatched to move Health Unit to Library Events Center

Last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s Health & Welfare Committee heard discussion, and lots of it, about the “need” for a new health unit for the parish, and where it should be located. There was so much discussion that the meeting ran over into the time allotted for the Finance Committee, which had to be rescheduled.

About 35 minutes into the 30 minute meeting, District One’s Theresa Wyatt finally got an answer as to location from Lucius McGee, who serves as President of Health Hut, a mobile medical clinic that serves Lincoln Parish residents.

Asked Wyatt, “Has this study group come up with a place that they plan to recommend to us?”

Replied McGee, “This facility here – this space right here – would be perfect.” He was referring to the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center. He added, “The facility we have now is not meeting the need of the community.”

McGee’s comments followed presentations from Louisiana Department of Health Region Administrator Jeff Toms, Health Hut Medical Director Jacquelyn White, and Lincoln Health Foundation Chief Executive Norman Hanes.

All three told about the increased usage of the health unit over the years, the age of the facility, lack of parking, and other resource limitations.

The committee voted to “investigate” the jury’s facilities with the intent of identifying suitable sites. The jury’s Public Property & Buildings Committee will be tasked with the job.

There was also quite a bit of discussion in the Personnel/Benefits Committee about appointments to the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control.

Assistant District Attorney and jury legal advisor Lewis Jones brought up an issue regarding the reappointment of David Gullatt to the board. Jones noted that Gullatt is member of the Lincoln Parish School Board, and the jury’s policy manual prohibits public officials from serving on the library board.

With that, the committee tabled Gullatt’s appointment.

The other vacancy was filled by the appointment of Amy Miller, a local attorney who had served on a library board in Lafayette Parish.

She and the other applicant, Jay Ligon, were interviewed at last month’s committee meeting, but a decision was made to allow the library board to interview them and make a recommendation.

They recommended Ligon, but it turns out the library board vote was made in an illegal secret session, according to Lewis Jones.

Library board chair Augusta Clark claimed ignorance of the law regarding the vote.

During the reports at the end of the jury meeting, Homeland Security Director Kip Franklin said that the $3 million FEMA grant that the jury handed over the City of Ruston back in September had fallen through. He said the proposed project was “nonviable.”

He said that another extension had been requested, and that all local governments were looking for suitable projects for the money.

27 Responses to “Plan Hatched to move Health Unit to Library Events Center”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    During the reports at the end of the jury meeting, Homeland Security Director Kip Franklin said that the $3 million FEMA grant that the jury handed over the City of Ruston back in September had fallen through. He said the proposed project was “nonviable.”

    Curiouser and curiouser…

  2. Guess who... H Says:

    *plan hatched * ….love how Walt frames it. Why do you folks up there follow this clown blindly

    • Anonymous Says:

      Walt is not a clown, and reading what he has to say is not “following him.” He’s a citizen who is demanding transparency and fairness from his government. We need more watchdogs like Walt.

      The clowns are in city hall and on the police jury.

      “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” ~ Shakespeare

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Who are you referring to as “this clown?”

  4. Anonymous Says:

    The pj has a manual?!?! Shocker!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    To even consider a proposal to move the health unit in the events center is outrageous!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    The library board gets to vote who they want to add? Sounds like if a board candidate doesn’t toe the establishment line, they get rejected. Police jury, you select the board!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Our little local Lincoln Parish police jury has a squad now. Just like the Democrats in DC. Wonder why they didn’t want Gullatt. Maybe because along with Durrett who was just elected, he could attempt to check the squad’s power? Just a thought.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Learned the Police Jury DID vote in its recommendation for one of the board slots, going against the Library Board’s favorite. Thank you, jurors for standing your ground.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Why is that a good thing? Why is it a good thing for them to force them to accept the candidate the pj voted in? The pj doesn’t have a good history, tbh…

        • Anonymous Says:

          Hasn’t Gullat been in that role for a while and know what he’s doing? Why vote him out? Policy is not law. If he’s been doing a good job so far, policy can be changed. There must have been another reason..

          • Anonymous Says:

            Spoken like a true liberal Democrat

          • Anonymous Says:

            Yeah well. There was no revision date on the page ripped out of the policy manual that was included in the packet the jurors got at the meeting.
            That policy manual needs to be accessible to the public at all times. No need for obscure policies to show themselves advantageously. When it serves the purpose of whoever thinks they’re in charge.

        • Anonymous Says:

          The Board only wants additional members who think exactly like they do. That is a problem.

    • Anonymous Says:

      The pj is a joke. Seriously.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Anybody received their tax bills yet? Just looked mine up. We’re paying 4.65 mills this year to the Library. They are having trouble spending this amount. The election is for up to 5.85 mills. Why the increase?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Explains why the vote is Dec. 5 rather than the Nov. 3 general election. The lower the turnout, the more likely the higher tax passes.

    • Heisenberg Says:

      You’re getting so close. Look at the large fund balance. Why does a library need so much millage for all these years. Now look at the travel expenditures for the library. Didn’t know librarians needed so much continuing education…. maybe Walt should look into that instead of cutting and pasting the ruston leader up there in your parish…

  8. Anonymous Says:

    We the people must rise up to protest big government wasteful spending of our hard earned money. Vote no to this library tax.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Book vending machines, really? Is that the best you can do to spend 300,000 more taxpayer dollars. What a joke

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Louisiana is either last or next to last in almost every category that is measured for quality of life: health, education, etc., yet we are in the top 15 of states with the highest total tax burden. Ruston charges one of the highest sales tax rates in the state. Assinine.
    Where does all the money go? Bunch of inept and incompetent “public servants.” Or crooked. My bet is on crooked. ESPECIALLY in Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Bad as or worse than New Orleans. Even with this new jury.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Better keep your eye on this. It’s not over.

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