Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Police Jury’ Category

Detention Center Commission Meets Today


The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission will meet today, (Thurs, March 16), 10:00 AM, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor.

Here is the agenda.

LPPJ Votes to Allow Lincoln Hall to go Wet


On a three to one vote, the Public Works Committee of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) directed staff to proceed with drafting and introducing an ordinance that would permit patrons bring in and consume beverage alcohol at Lincoln Hall events. The operator of the facility wouldn’t be involved in the sale or serving alcohol.

Lincoln Hall is a parish-owned banquet facility adjacent to the North Louisiana Exhibition Center off Farmerville Road, and is operated by Carl Burton.

The committee also approved Burton’s request to sub-lease operation of the facility to Jimmy Shuff, who has operated a catering and “deejay” business.

Voting for the motion were Theresa Wyatt (District One), David Hammonds (District Five), and Skip Russell (District Eight). Voting no was Bobby Bennett (District Three).

When the full jury voted to accept the committee report, District Twelve’s Annette Straughter voted no. At last month’s meeting, she had objected strongly to allowing alcohol at the hall.

The vote came despite warnings by jury attorney and Assistant District Attorney Jeff Robinson who said that as owner of the building, the jury would likely be named in any lawsuit filed should an accident result from over-served patrons.

Said Robinson, “A plaintiff or a plaintiff’s lawyer, when they sue, the first thing they’re going to look at is where’s the deep pockets.” He added, “I do this for a living. I know how attorneys approach these things.”

The jury staff and attorney will draft an ordinance to be introduced and presented at a public hearing prior to a vote to adopt or reject.

Three years ago, Burton offered to sell his lease to the jury for $250 thousand, but no action was ever taken on his proposal.

In other business, the jury’s Long Range Planning Committee discussed several items that are to be more fully examined for possible future action, including additional beds at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center; improvements at the exhibition center; an animal control facility; repairs and remodeling the Lincoln Parish Court House; and a succession plan for jury staff.

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) will meet Tuesday, March 14, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor. Committee meetings begin at 5:00 PM.

Public Works Committee – 5:00 PM

Long Range Planning Committee – 5:30 PM

Solid Waste & Recycling Committee – 6:30 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

“Bottle Club” @ Lincoln Hall Under Consideration


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.

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tomorrow


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, February 14, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor. Here are the agendas and meeting times.

Public Works Committee – 6:00 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

LPPJ Committee Assignments – 2017



Former Parish Fire Chief Loses Suit for Comp Pay, Benefits


Former Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 Fire Chief Dennis Ford is not entitled to comp time pay and paid medical benefits, a Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court judge has ruled.

Wrote Division A Judge Cynthia Woodard in a ruling filed 1/13/27:

As a result, the Court finds that the Plaintiff failed to meet his burden of proof on his claims for compensatory time, post-retirement health insurance coverage, and his claim under the Louisiana Wage Payment Act. Therefore, the Court denies all claims asserted by the Plaintiff against the Defendant for the aforesaid reasons.

Woodard noted that “Mr. Ford was an executive, administrative, or professional employee, who is exempt from the overtime requirements of the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) or payment of any comp time.”

Also, “…the Court further notes that there were no writings memorializing any such agreement as to the comp time. Any conversations Mr. Ford had with Mr. Thompson (former Board Chair Tom Thompson) about comp time do not appear to have been considered or approved by the Board.”

Regarding the medical benefits, Woodard wrote, “Mr. Ford was aware that the retiree class was a closed class before the policy was accepted, well before his retirement. He was also aware that no other retiree since Mr. Kirkland has been allowed to remain on the insurance.”

See here the complete Reasons for Ruling.

Ford had originally sued in September, 2014 and had demanded nearly half a million dollars in comp time.

See here the original lawsuit.

The bench trial (as opposed to a jury trial) was held last October at the Lincoln Parish Court House in Ruston.

Ford’s attorney was Daniel Street. Representing the district was Shreveport Attorney Michael Lowe.

Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Continued


After the election of officers at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) there was some other business transacted: appointments to several boards and commissions around the parish.

  • Greater Ward One Waterworks District – Mr. Rusty Mabry
  • Waterworks District Number 3 – Mr. Willard Anderson
  • Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District – Mr. Richard Aillet
  • Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control – Ms. Gay O’Neal
  • Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau:
    Mr. Marco Born Representing Louisiana Tech University
    Ms. Suzanne Douglas Representing Grambling State University

Finally, an ordinance was introduced and a public hearing scheduled for three adjudicated property parcels.  That hearing will be at the 2/14 meeting of the jury.

Roberson Elected LPPJ Prez


While on a national level, it didn’t have the cosmic impact of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, as far as local politics goes, Randy Roberson’s election as Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) President at tonight’s meeting was by all measures an upset.

Roberson (District Four), prevailed over incumbent President Jody Backus (District Seven) on a 6-5 vote.

Voting for Roberson were:

Theresa Wyatt (District One)
Bobby Bennett (District Three)
Randy Roberson (District Four)
Walter Pullen (District Six)
Skip Russell (District Eight)
Nancy Wilson (District Ten)

Voting for Backus were:

Hazel Hunter (District Two)
David Hammonds (District Five)
Jody Backus (District Seven)
Joe Henderson (District Nine)
Annette Straughter (District Twelve)

Sharyon Mayfield (District Eleven) was absent.

Wilson nominated Roberson, and Hammond nominated Backus.

Moments earlier, Joe Henderson was re-elected as Vice President also on a 6-5 vote. He was opposed by Nancy Wilson.

Henderson got the same votes as did Backus, with the addition of Pullen’s vote. Wilson got the same votes as did Roberson, minus Pullen.

Wilson was nominated by Wyatt, and Henderson by Backus.

We will have additional reporting later on the rest of the meeting.

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tomorrow


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) will meet tomorrow (Tuesday, January 10), 7:00 PM, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor.

Here is the agenda.

Highlights include election of officers and several appointments to area boards and commissions. No committee meetings are scheduled.