Lincoln Hall Lease Issue Resurfaces

After nearly five years of relative quiet, the issue of whether or not the Lincoln Parish Police Jury should buy out Burton Entertainment’s lease on Lincoln Hall will be on next Tuesday’s jury agenda.

The 60′ x 140′ meeting hall style building is located adjacent to the North Louisiana Exhibition Center, just off the Farmerville Hwy about three miles from Ruston.

In 2002, Carl Burton signed a thirty year lease whereby in exchange for use of the parish-owned land, he would construct and operate the hall as a venue for weddings, receptions, meetings, reunions, and other such group events. The facility has a commercial kitchen for meal preparation.

The latest proposed agreement would have Lincoln Parish taxpayers pay $210 thousand for the 10 or so years remaining on the lease and would include the purchase of furniture, equipment, and cookware. The building already belongs to the parish, as it was constructed on parish property.

To our recollection, the jury has not recently discussed or authorized any negotiation with Burton for the lease.

The issue was debated by the jury in 2014 and 2017, but was deferred or tabled. In 2017, an unsuccessful effort was made to amend the parish’s liquor ordinance and allow alcohol to be served at the hall.

Tuesday’s (1/11/22) meeting is at 7:00 PM, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

4 Responses to “Lincoln Hall Lease Issue Resurfaces”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I cannot overemphasize my opposition to a buyout of the lease by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe Hyde can help

  3. Anonymous Says:

    It sucks that we are saddled with a jury with this much incompetence and just… I don’t know… lack of anything close to moral values?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Contract Was made in good faith and should continue as written and agreed upon. No buy out, please.

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