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Northern Louisiana Medical Center Plans to Relocate to North Ruston


Northern Louisiana Medical Center has plans to relocate within the next few years on about 30 acres in the Celebrity Drive/Commerce Street area of Ruston, according to the Chief Executive Officer of Allegiance Health Management Services, the company that owns the hospital.

Allegiance CEO Rock Bordelon said Ruston needs a new facility, as the current building was first built in the early 60s.

“We already have land we’ve identified and we’re working on purchasing it toward that end,” he said. “It’s our goal, in the next four to five years, to build a brand new replacement hospital. We’re going to be buying roughly 36 acres of property to be able to accommodate the new hospital and two new medical office buildings that would be attached to the hospital,” he added.

Allegiance Executive VP Scott Prouty also spoke about the plans for a new facility.

“We’re talking about a $100 million project for your community. Our goal is to build a new hospital in this town. We’re negotiating a land deal somewhere around Celebrity and Commerce – in that area,” he said.

Asked about the current building located on East Vaughn Avenue, Prouty said that they would like to keep some health care facilities there. He added that some of the property might be donated to the city or the parish, or to Louisiana Tech.

Prouty noted that the original construction was in 1962, and some of it was not up to code.

The revelation came during discussion of an ordinance that would empower the jury to assist Allegiance in securing federal matching funds to be distributed among rural hospitals in Louisiana. Bordelon said about $900 million in total funds would be distributed, of which the Ruston facility could receive about $2 1/2 million/yr.

The jury and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office would each get about 5% for acting as the collection agents, Bordelon said.

The jury approved the ordinance with nine votes for and two nays (Cranford, Straughter) and one abstention (Scriber).

The jury’s Personnel and Benefits Committee tabled the appointment of a member to the parish’s library board until the next meeting, saying that some citizens had expressed an interest in serving on the board, but had not yet applied.

The library’s Board of Control had recommended that present board member Augusta Clark be reappointed. That vote was 5 votes for, with four abstentions.

Police Jury Meets Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, June 14, Jack Beard Room of the Lincoln Parish Library, 910 North Trenton. The agendas and meeting times are:

Parks, Recreation & Tourism – 5:15 PM

Health & Welfare Committee – 5:30 PM

Public Works Committee – 6:00 PM

Personnel & Benefits Committee – 6:30 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

Jury to appoint two Library Board members


Two veteran members of the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control will term out within the next few weeks and appointments to those slots will be made, it was announced at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

Augusta Clark, who represents the Grambling area, and Charles Penuell who represents the Choudrant area, have served on the board since 2010 and 2007, respectively.

Said Jury Administrator Doug Postel, “We have two library board vacancies that are about to come up next month. I want you to be aware those vacancies will be voted on next month.”

During the report section of the meeting, Library Board Member Bill Jones reported to the jury on an analysis of the Library Events Center. That analysis was done by a subcommittee of the board.

Jones said that the center had not generated a profit, nor had it covered it costs.

Said Jones, “…the library budget is subsidizing the events center. The skill set of managing a library is just totally different from managing an events center, or a mini convention center, which is sort of what it is. We believe there needs to be a different management structure for the events center.”

After a bit of discussion, the jury voted to direct the subcommittee to further study the situation and come up with recommendations. Jones and the jurors all agreed to communicate regularly to solicit input.

See here the complete report.

The jury’s finance committee approved, and the full jury ratified, a budget amendment to reimburse the City of Ruston $120 thousand for ambulance service for 2022.

Also approved were the millage rates for 2022. They will be levied at the same rate as 2021.

Police Jury Meets Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, May 10, Jack Beard Room, Lincoln Parish Library, 910 North Trenton.

Here are the agendas and meeting times:

Finance Committee – 5:30 PM

Public Works Committee – 6:00 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

Police Jury to meet Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, March 8, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, Jack Beard Room, 910 North Trenton.

Adjudicated Property Committee – 5:30 PM

Solid Waste & Recycling Committee – 6:00 PM

Public Works Committee – 6:30 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

Here are the agendas.

Jury Gives in to Walker’s $120K ambulance fee demand


Apparently frightened by Ruston Mayor Ronny’s threat to terminate ambulance service outside the city’s corporate limits, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury last night acceded to his demand for a quadrupling of the parish’s annual contribution.

The $30 thousand payment was increased to $120 thousand for 2022. The motion also created an ambulance committee that is tasked with developing a long-term plan for a parish-wide ambulance service.

The action came in the jury’s Health & Welfare Services Committee on a motion by Matt Pullin with a second by Milton Melton.

Though not a committee member, Skip Russell had several pointed questions.

“Do we know how many – either during the year 2020 or 2021 – how many times the ambulance service went out into the parish,” he asked.

He also asked if the city received reimbursement from Medicare or private insurance.

“I just would like a little justification, a little documentation showing what those figures really should be,” he added. “I guess I’m offended a little bit when we’re told take it or leave it, and there are no concrete figures as to where that money is going and what it’s being spent for.”

Committee Chair Annette Straughter agreed with Russel about the threat, but said that “we have to work with someone.” She had no answer for Russell’s questions about the numbers.

Sharyon Mayfield echoed Straughter’s comments about not having much of a choice about an ambulance service.

Theresa Wyatt said she met with the parish’s fire district and suggested that an alternative could be to use that entity as a foundation for a future ambulance service.

The Ruston Daily Leader’s Caleb Daniels spoke up and said that he had figures from the city on the number of call for 2021. He said that the service made about 1,650 calls outside the city, and that was about 40% of the total.

The committee voted unanimously for the motion, and the full jury later ratified the committee’s action.

At the conclusion of the jury meeting, Bill Smith had a comment about the jury’s audit for 2020, which was released to the public in November of last year.

Smith question why the auditor had never given a report to the jury in person, as has been customary in the past. He suggested that since the report had several findings, the jury didn’t want the negative publicity.

See here that audit report.

Police Jury meets Tonight


The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet tonight (Tuesday, February 8), Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton.

Committee meetings begin at 6:00 PM.

Health & Welfare Committee – 6:00 PM


This agenda item is notable: Discuss and Take Action, if Necessary, Ambulance Services and Authorize President to Appoint Members to Joint Ambulance Committee.

Police Jury – 7:00 PM


Lincoln Hall now Part of Exhibition Center


On a 8-1 vote, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury last night decided that it could run the heretofore privately operated Lincoln Hall, and make money doing it. The plan is for the 8400 square foot meeting hall and kitchen to be run by North Louisiana Exhibition Center personnel.

The jury will pay leaseholder Carl Burton $210 thousand for the remaining 10 years on the existing lease.

Voting for the proposed agreement were: Wyatt, Durrett, Cranford, Scriber, Pullin, Henderson, Melton, and Straughter. Russell voted no.

Hunter, Hunt, and Mayfield were absent.

Parish Administrator Doug Postel said many individuals and organizations called the Expo Center and tried unsuccessfully to rent the venue, as it was run by Burton and his wife.

Said Postel, “She (Expo center director Angela Manning) gets calls on a weekly basis from individuals that would like to use the building for various events.”

He said schools, companies, bingo groups, family reunions, and quilting clubs were examples of who had expressed interest in renting the venue.

Postel said the estimates for revenues and expenses for the operation were “conservative.”

See here the hoped for payout.

Manning said she was willing to book and operate Lincoln Hall.

“If I had the book, I would know what’s going on at the expo and what’s going on out there (the hall), we could actually make it more user friendly,” she said. “I think it would work well together,” she said.

One juror asked about potential maintenance issues, to which Postel said he wasn’t aware of any, and thought the building had been well maintained.

Russell noted that since the lease had but 10 years to run, after which the juror would get the operation for no cost, it wasn’t a good deal.

We asked why no one had encouraged Burton to fulfill his part of the agreement and actually operate the facility, Postel said that his wife had suffered recent illnesses.

In other business, the jury elected Richard Durrett as president, and Milton Melton as vice-president.

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.

Police Jury approves Capital Plan for Roads and Bridges


Four parish road bridges are scheduled to be replaced in 2022, according to the capital plan that was approved by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury at last night’s meeting.

Two bridges on Mondy Rd in the southwest part of the parish will be replaced, a bridge on Mitchell Rd. north of Simsboro also, and a bridge on Shady Grove Rd southwest of Simsboro will be replaced with two 10 foot rail tank car culverts.

Parish Administrator Doug Postel noted that the two bridges on Mondy Rd will be done simultaneously to save costs.

“We’re doing those at the same time because there’s a considerable cost savings,” he said.

See here the complete plan.

Several budgets received final approval including:

Road Superintendent Jerry Doss reported that right-of-way mowing had been completed for the year, and that next month the mowing crews will begin trimming tree limbs along parish roads.