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Roberson, Henderson Re-elected @ LPPJ

01/10/2019

Randy Roberson (District Four), and Joe Henderson (District Nine) were re-elected as President and Vice-President respectively at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

The first meeting of the new year was held at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, due to elevator repair work at the Lincoln Parish Court House.

Skip Russell (District Eight) nominated both Roberson and Henderson.

When it came time to elect the Treasurer – a requirement of LA state law – there was a bit of active discussion.

Some jurors wanted Interim Treasurer Holly Lowery to be elected, and others wanted to advertise for more candidates.

Hazel Hunter (District Two) moved “…that position be advertised, also applications made, and interviews according to how our policies and procedures state.”

Parish Administrator Courtney Hall noted that Lowry was well qualified and that she had done a good job in the interim position. He also said that since he was retiring later this year, continuity was needed in the jury’s management.

Hall had told the jury last year of his plans.

Henderson said, “I’m a stickler for the rules. We’re not voting for a treasurer, we’re voting for the procedure.”

Russell said, “We’re going to lose Holly, and then we’re going to lose him (Hall), and I’d like to know who’s going to step forward and run this thing.”

Voting for the Motion was Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Straughter. Voting no were Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, and Russell.

Backus was absent.

Afterwards, a motion to keep Lowry as Interim Treasurer was passed unanimously.

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Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday

01/07/2019

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 PM. Due to elevator repairs at the Lincoln Parish Court House, the meeting will be held at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton.

Here’s the agenda.

Detention Center Commission Adopts Budgets

12/13/2018

2019 and 2018 (amended) budgets for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center were adopted at yesterday’s meeting of the commission that runs the jail.

The 2018 budget was amended to show $4.06 million in revenues and expenditures.

The 2019 budget predicts $6.87 million in revenues and $6.83 million in expenditures. The jump reflects the expected cost of the new 100 bed wing that is in the planning stage.

See here the documents:

2018 amended
2019 proposed

There was a bit of discussion about what effect a new law would have on jail operations, where next year 17-year olds charged with a crime will be treated as juveniles, rather than adults. Juveniles must be incarcerated in facilities separate from adult prisoners.

Also, jail Warden Jim Tuten announced that Chad Alexander had been promoted to Assitant Warden at the jail, effective December 7.

Said Tuten, “He brings a lot of experience with him, and I’m glad to have him over there with me.”

LPPJ Adopts Budgets

12/12/2018

Last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) saw final adoption of several budgets for 2019.

For the LPPJ:

2018 Amended Budget
2019 Proposed Budget

For the Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish (HELP):

2018 Amended Budget
2019 Proposed Budget

For the Lincoln Parish Exhibition Center:

2018 Amended and 2019 Proposed Budgets

The jury also appointed/reappointed several board members for the Ruston/Lincoln Convention and Vistors Bureau.

Representing the LPPJ is Skip Russell. Jeff Parker will represent the Ruston Banking Association. For the City of Ruston, Josh Perot. Staci Faulkner will represent the Retail Merchants Association.

LPNO readers will recall that the CVB lobbied the Ruston City Council two weeks ago when the hotel/restaurant tax was approved by the council.

Despite being a taxpayer funded group, the CVB supported the tax.

There was one other noteworthy event last night – what WASN’T on the agenda.

Last month, a proposal to hire the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office to man metal detectors at the Lincoln Parish Court House south entrance was on the agenda and was discussed, but no action was taken.

At that meeting, Personnel/Benefits Committee chair Hazel Hunter said it would be on the December agenda, but it was nowhere to be found.

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday

12/10/2018

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, December 11, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor.

Here are the meeting times and agendas.

Public Works Committee – 6:00 PM
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Police Jury – 7:00 PM
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Police Jury Adopts Budgets

11/18/2018

Budgets for calendar year 2018 (amended) and 2019 were adopted on a 9-0-1 vote at last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury. Abstaining was District Ten’s Nancy Wilson. Jurors Joe Henderson (District Nine), and Jody Backus (District Seven) were absent.

A public hearing on the budgets was scheduled for the 12/11/18, 7:00 PM jury meeting.

See here the documents.

Earlier during the Finance Committee meeting, jury Administrator Courtney Hall made several comments on the budgets.

Said Hall, “If you look at the total General Fund Budget, you can see that the original budget (for 2018 expenses) was $2.9 million, and the 2019 proposed 2019 budget will also be $2.9 million.”

Regarding the Court House Capital Fund, Hall remarked, “Our net expenses that we’re proposing for 2018 is about $390 thousand. Now looking at next, what that $600 thousand represents is number one the Exhibition Center, and two is the completion of the elevator project.”

The Personnel/Benefits Committee saw a bit of discussion, but no action on a proposed contract with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office to provide courthouse security.

Several of the jurors appeared uncomfortable with the $93 thousand annual cost for two deputies to man a metal detector at the main entrance on the south side of the building. It was noted that a bid from a private security company was higher than that from the LPSO.

Annette Straughter (District 12): “That’s going to average about $22 to $23 an hour.”

Hazel Hunter (District 2): “My concern is that $46 thousand, like $22 an hour, that’s a lot for a person.”

After a bit more discussion, Committee Chair Hunter called for a motion on the proposal, but no committee member responded. Bennett, Straughter and Hunter were the three committee members present.

Hunter said the matter would be on December’s meeting agenda.

The full jury approved a change order for the covered warm-up area at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. The bids came in under budget, so the building size was increased to 190′ x 230′ from 160′ x 230′.

The total cost will be about $723 thousand.

Walter Pullen (District Six), again objected to the financing for the structure, saying the money shouldn’t be taken from a fund that should be dedicated to repair of existing jury-owned property.

“We just borrowed $2.6 million to add on to the detention center. It’s wrong to take the money out of the Courthouse Capital Fund to pay for something that is not a capital courthouse project.”

The vote was 7 for, 2 against, and 1 abstention.

Voting no were Pullen and David Hammond. Abstaining was Nancy Wilson.

Police Jury Tomorrow

11/12/2018

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet tomorrow (Tuesday, 11/13), Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor. Here are the committee meeting times and agendas:

Christmas Party Committee – 4:30 PM
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Personnel/Benefits Committee – 5:00 PM
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Health & Welfare Committee – 5:30 PM
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Finance Committee – 6:00 PM
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Public Works Committee – 6:45 PM
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Police Jury – 7:00 PM
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Detention Center 2019 Budget Proposed

11/11/2018

Friday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission saw two budget documents proposed and discussed – the 2018 amended budget, and the 2019 proposed budget. Both will be considered for approval in a upcoming meeting before year-end.

2018 amended budget
2019 proposed budget

For 2018, revenues were slightly better than originally projected, $4.26 million vs $4.22 million.

Expenditures were slightly lower than projected, coming in at $4.1 million vs $4.29 originally projected.

2019 revenues are projected at $6.87 million, with expenditures predicted to be $6.83 million.

The jump in revenues and expenses for 2019 is due to the $2.5 million cost of the jail addition. On the revenue side it was shown under a line item labeled USDA loan. In the expenditures, it was shown as capital outlay.

However, no expenditure line item was shown for any repayment of loan principal and interest back to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, the entity actually borrowing the $2.5 million.

Sheriff Mike Stone has said on numerous occasions that he will repay the jury in full for the loan. At a recent jury meeting, juror Walter Pullen said he would like to see a signed agreement from the sheriff regarding the loan.

When questioned about the line item, it was said that the repayment would be included in the amended 2019 budget that will be presented later next year.

We will question the jury’s finance committee at the upcoming meeting to determine where that repayment money will show up on its budget documents.

We were disappointed that no jury members were at the meeting, save Joe Henderson, who chairs the commission.

Sparta Commission Hears Reports

10/16/2018

Last Wednesday’s meeting of the Sparta Groundwater Commission failed to garner a quorum for an official meeting, but nevertheless heard a series of reports and comments from the members.

Chairman Zack Spivey talked about the opportunity for water savings by the area’s water systems though proper maintenance of those systems to curtail leaks. He said that first the systems must measure the water they pump, and then compare that to what they sell.

Said Spivey, “I’m going to call that low hanging fruit. We should have some influence to encourage the rural water districts and the cities to know whether their numbers are good or not.”

Historically, the commission’s public relations efforts have focused on individual users, and encouraged conservation by fixing leaky faucets and minimal lawn watering.

Executive Director Lindsey Gouedy reported on the commission’s budget, and said that they were on target for the year.

Also, a former commission member, Richard Durrett was welcomed back. He was appointed by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury last week.

Police Jury Awards Bid on Horse Barn

10/11/2018

Construction of a covered warm-up arena at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center should begin soon, after the Lincoln Parish Police Jury recognized Pro-Build Construction of Homer as the low bidder. The action came at Tuesday’s meeting of the jury.

Markay Brown, of Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson told jurors that Pro-Build’s base bid was about $502 thousand, well under the project budget. That was done, however, by reducing the size of the original scope, from a 230’x230′ building, to 160’x230′.

Brown said the low bid should allow 40′ to be added back on the size (200’x230′), and that could be done with a change order.

See here her letter and estimates.

See here the tabulations of all the bidders.

The voted 11-1 to proceed.

District Six’s Walter Pullen was the lone no vote. He had earlier this year objected to taking money dedicated to courthouse maintenance and using it for other projects.

Earlier, the Finance Committee approved the annual budget requests.

The $11 thousand increase for the Lincoln Total Community Action Agency was approved with the provision that it be for one year only.

Another change was for the Trailblazer program. The $4500 request was amended to $2250.

See here the list.