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Police Jury Tomorrow

11/28/2022

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will have a special called meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29. Two jury committees will also meet.

Additionally, the meetings will be held on the third floor of the Lincoln Parish Court House, 100 West Texas Avenue, instead of the Lincoln Parish Library.

  • Personnel/Benefits Committee – 5:00 PM – Agenda
  • Public Works Committee – 5:15 PM – Agenda
  • Police Jury – 6:00 PM – Agenda
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Postel denies ethical conflicts, wrongdoing

11/09/2022

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Administrator Doug Postel said that he had no ethical conflicts and had committed no wrongdoing during his tenure. His comments came at the end of the jury’s regular monthly meeting.

“Many of you know, and I disclosed it at the time I had my interview with the police jury, that I have a small business that I own a portion of, that has the contract with the concessions at the Ruston Sports Complex,” he said. “I had a conversation with Mr. (Lewis) Jones (Police Jury Attorney) to make sure that I understood very clearly that there was no conflict of interest. He did confirm that there was no conflict of interest in my business,” he added.

Postel continued, “I have no operational function in that business. My brother-in-law runs that business as his full-time job. My involvement is very limited.”

Earlier this year, Lincoln Parish News Online had reported on the details of Ruston Gameday Grill and its exclusive relationship with the City of Ruston, including contract documents and payments to the City of Ruston.

The jury and the city have recently been involved in a contentious negotiation over ambulance and rescue services outside Ruston’s city limits.

Postel also commented on rumors that he used his taxpayer provided vehicle on personal business.

“I believe that someone believes they spotted my police jury vehicle at Sam’s. And I believe they think that I was possibly purchasing concession supplies at Sam’s. I want to make it very clear. I have never, ever driven my police jury vehicle to Sam’s, not even on police jury business,” he asserted.

Postel also talked about his relationship with the jurors, saying he didn’t favor any one group or individual over others, and that his relationship with individual jurors was strictly about jury business.

In the jury meeting several draft budgets were presented for 2023. See here the documents:

There was a bit of discussion in the Solid Waste Committee meeting about the need to possibly curtail acceptance of some construction and demolition debris until new a new landfill area can be made ready.

At present usage rates, the existing landfill will be full in less than a year, Solid Waste Superintendent Kerry Outley said.

Police Jury meets Tuesday

11/07/2022

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

Here are the agendas.

Personnel/Benefits Committee – 6:30 PM

Solid Waste & Recycling Committee – 6:45 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

Video of LPPJ Meeting

10/12/2022

Police Jury Meets Tuesday

10/10/2022

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, October 11, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton Street. Here are the agendas and meeting times.

Employee Recognition Committee – 5:00 PM

Insurance Committee – 5:15 PM

Personnel/Benefits Committee – 6:00 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

Committee recommends Ruston EMS on 7-3 vote

09/22/2022

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury Ambulance Committee this morning voted 7 to 3 to recommend to the jury that the Ruston EMS be the ambulance and rescue provider for the part of Lincoln Parish outside Ruston city limits.

On a motion by Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson, and a second by Lincoln Parish Deputy Sheriff Mike Rainwater, the motion was stated thus: “We recommend to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury that we enter into a contract with the City of Ruston for rescue and EMS services,” Sanderson said.

He added, “according to their proposal.”

Voting yes were Sanderson, Dubach Mayor Mona Wilson, Dr. Jackie White, Downsville Mayor Reggie Skains, Rainwater, Police Juror Milton Melton, and Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark.

The no votes were Committee Chair Charlie Edwards, Police Jury President Richard Durrett, and Simsboro’s Steven Yeich.

Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 board chair Richard Aillet abstained.

Annette Straughter (LPPJ) and Walter Carpenter (Vienna Mayor) were absent.

The vote followed a failed motion by Melton, with a second by Yeich to send all the proposals to the jury without a recommendation.

“The three proposals be submitted to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury for review and take action – namely The City of Ruston, Pafford, and Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1,” he moved

That vote was the exact reverse of the winning motion. Voting yes were Edwards, Durrett and Yeich, with the rest voting no. Aillet abstained.

Several comments were made, including Lincoln Parish Sheriff Stephen Williams.

Said Williams, “What you’re asking (Fire District) Chief Reynolds to do, you’re setting him up for failure. I think you should take the five year contract with the city, and in the meantime figure out how you can get some more money funneled to your fire department and rescue and build them up. You’re putting our citizens at risk, and I just can’t sit back and be quiet about that anymore.

Reynolds had earlier in the meeting presented the committee with a proposal for outfitting the parish department with the personnel and equipment to do rescue operations.

He proposed adding 6 men full time and trucks and equipment. Operating costs were listed at about $475 to $500 thousand/year over five years, with equipment costs of $800 thousand spread out over four years.

See here the proposal.

The final decision on what proposal to accept and how to fund it all will be made by the police jury.

Ambulance Committee Tomorrow

09/21/2022

LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY AMBULANCE COMMITTEE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2022 at 9:00 A.M.

Lincoln Parish Library Jack Beard Room, 910 N Trenton St.

Here is the agenda.

Ambulance Committee Hears Proposals

09/15/2022

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s Ambulance Committee this morning heard formal proposals from both Ruston Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service and Pafford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. to provide ambulance service to the rural areas of Lincoln Parish.

See here the documents:

Ruston Fire Chief Chris Womack reviewed the document and fielded questions from the committee members.

“The meat of this agreement is a five year agreement for the amount we discussed earlier in the year – $645,604,” he said. “The cost would increase – on the top of page three- by the consumer price index, Southwest Region,” he added.

Asked what that number was over the past several years, he said it had been in the 1 to 2 percent range until the last year, when it was in the 8% range.

“Parish residents will be only be liable for the amounts paid by government or commercial insurers, including Medicare or Medicaid,” Womack said. He added that no bills would be sent to uninsured patients.

Womack added that should the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 ever took over the rescue duties currently provided by Ruston, the amount of the contract would be reduced by $100 thousand/year.

Several new employees would be added, Womack said, as call volume had increased significantly.

“We’re looking at starting right off the bat adding two per shift, and I see that growing,” he said.

Dubach Mayor Mona Wilson asked, “When is too much too much? This past week there was a 2 car vehicle accident, and I passed two fire district trucks and a Ruston EMS truck. Why did they need three?”

Womack said they always send fire trucks to vehicle accidents, as there is always a chance of fire or a fuel spill.

Pafford’s Shane Davis reviewed his company’s proposals and also took questions.

He said the proposal was for one year, with the option to renew annually every year for five years, at a cost of $360 thousand/year. There is no escalation clause, Davis added.

Pafford’s proposal is for ambulance emergency medical service only, with no rescue service provided. Ruston’s proposal is for both ems and rescue.

But Pafford provides transport service to all area and regional medical facilities, where Ruston carries patients to North Louisiana Medical Center only.

Said Davis, “The BLS (basic life support) is a actually a really good tool…you don’t want to tie up an ALS (advanced life support) truck on a BLS call. Taking someone to dialysis or from dialysis.”

Pafford’s plan would station ambulances around the parish in the Lincoln Parish Fire Protectiion District No. 1’s existing fire stations.

There was a bit of discussion about how Lincoln’s 911 system would transfer calls to Pafford’s dispatch system. The plan calls for 911 to automatically switch parish calls to Pafford, with the 911 dispatcher relaying the pertinent info.

Ruston Fire/EMS has use of a system called ANI/ALI (automatic number identifications/automatic location information). That system provides detailed record of a 911 caller’s location and phone number. Presently, Pafford does not have that capability, but will in the future , Davis said.’

It was noted that about 60% of 911 calls are now via cell phone, which sometimes don’t provide as much information for ANI/ALI as does a landline.

The parish fire district did not provide a formal proposal for their rescue service, but will have one at the next committee meeting.

Here is their budget as presented at the August meeting.

The next meeting of the committee is next Thursday, September 22, 9 AM, Jack Beard Room, Lincoln Parish Library, 910 North Trenton.

Big Crowd @ Jury Meeting

09/14/2022

It was perhaps the largest crowd at a Lincoln Parish Police Jury meeting since last year’s dogfight over funding for Four Paws Rescue – a hundred people or more – and they were there to vent about the Postel and ambulance controversies recently in the news.

At the end of the jury meeting when public comment is heard, several had their say.

James Skinner: “If Mr. Postel has done something wrong, immoral, unethical that he needs to be fired, he needs to know. We must do better for this parish.”

Bill Smith: “Not long ago there was $3 million in the air. And somebody from the jury voted to give part of that to Louisiana Tech and another part to the City of Ruston. All I could hear then was ‘they didn’t bring it to us, we didn’t get a chance to vote on it’

Ex State Senator Bill Jones: “What happened to Mr. Postel did not conform to normal employment practices. This jury is obligated to act in an open manner in how it handles its business, including employment matters.”

Chris Garriga: “When the ambulance vote came up, some of you (jurors) voted no, and haven’t talked to either the fire chief, a member from Pafford, or the sheriff. Accountability for the twelve of you has got to start being held.”

Rick Godley: “$30 thousand went on for how many decades? 1991, I think, but I could be wrong. If I’m understanding this right, we blew a deal of $120 thousand, but I could be wrong.”

The business part of the meetings were about as routine as it gets, even when the jury convened as the property assessment board of review. That is when the jury hears from property owners who have challenged their property tax assessments.

Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor Billy McBride told the group there had been but one challenge, but it was withdrawn last week.

We cannot recall that happening in the thirteen years of LPPJ coverage.

The jury’s Finance Committee approved with little discussion this year’s agency requests for appropriations.

See here the list and the requests.

There was one action item that caused a bit of discussion and a surprising vote outcome.

A couple of jurors had requested the Tuesday, 10/11/22 regular meeting be rescheduled for the next Tuesday (10/18), as local schools would be on fall break during the week of 10/11 – 10/14, and they had family vacation planned.

Voting yes were Cranford, Hunt, and Pullin. The other nine jurors voted no.

Police Jury Meets Tuesday

09/12/2022

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, September 13, Lincoln Parish Library Jack Beard Room, 910 North Trenton.

Here are the meeting times and agendas:

Public Property & Buildings Committee – 5:30 PM

Finance Committee – 6:00 PM

Public Works Committee – 6:30 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM