Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Police Jury’ Category

Solar Energy Plant to Locate in Simsboro

03/13/2019

If other Lincoln Parish taxing authorities follow the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s action, a 50-acre array of electricity generating solar panels will be constructed near Simsboro, at the intersection of LA Hwy 150 and LA Hwy 563.

Joule Energy, LLC, a New Orleans based designer of solar and LED lighting systems, plans to install over 18 thousand individual panel modules that would generate about 4.5 megawatts of power. That power would be sold to local utilities.

At last night’s meeting, Joule was seeking an industrial tax exemption that would exempt the company from 80% of local property taxes.

Robert Schmidt, Joule’s President, said that without the exemption, the facility couldn’t be built. He noted that even with the exemption, the company would pay about $14 thousand annually in property tax.

The acreage is now pastureland, which only pays about $200 to $500 annually.

“It would be a significant increase in the revenue – tax receipts,” Schmidt said.

The jury unanimously approved the exemption.

Schmidt said he would be asking other Lincoln Parish tax authorities for the same exemption.

Prior to the jury meeting, the Personnel/Benefits Committee was set to meet, but was unable to muster a quorum.

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Lincoln Parish Police Jury Meets Tuesday

03/11/2019

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, March 12, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor. Here are the agendas

Personnel/Benefits Committee – 6:30 PM
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Police Jury – 7:00 PM
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Lincoln Parish Court House Repairs Underway

02/13/2019

Employees and citizens who use the Lincoln Parish Court House have about two more weeks before renovations are completed to the main elevator. Also, bids will soon be solicited to partially re-roof the building.

The discussion and action was part of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s Public Property and Buildings Committee meeting last night.

Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said about the elevator repairs, “They’re probably 98% completed. Everything’s going to be electronic – state of the art. Prepare to be surprised.”

As for the roof, Hall added, “If you’re going to rehabilitate the building, you need to make sure the exterior of the building is sealed. We have an estimate from a roofer – it’s about $375 thousand.”

Theresa Wyatt (District One) made a motion to solicit bids for the project.

During the full jury meeting, action was taken to contract with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for courthouse security. Two deputies will man the first floor entrance on West Texas during business hours.

On hand to lobby for the plan were Judges Tommy Rogers and Jeff Robinson. Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court Linda Cook was also present.

The jury also ratified Monday night’s committee action and appointed Holly Lowry as Parish Treasurer.

After the business matters were dispensed with at the Public Works Committee meeting, an interesting discussion broke out regarding rural water districts and the ongoing Sparta Aquifer issue.

Recently it was revealed that the Fellowship Water System south of Simsboro is only metering 20% of the water being drawn out of the aquifer. The rest, 80%, is lost to line leakage.

The operators are attempting to obtain grant funding to make repairs to the system.

Lincoln Parish has 20 water systems that draw water from the Sparta, which covers 16 parishes in North Louisiana.

Historically, the emphasis of water conservation has been geared toward the individual (lawn watering, car washing, toilet valve leaks, etc), while the issue of distribution system problems has been neglected.

That issue has been mentioned in the last several Sparta Commission meetings that we’ve attended.

LPPJ Committee Makes Recommendation for Treasurer

02/12/2019

Holly Lowry is one step closer to being name Parish Treasurer after the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Personnel/Benefits Committee unanimously recommended her for the job.

Lowry has been the interim Treasurer since last summer.

Readers will recall that at last month’s jury meeting, Lowry was nominated, but it was decided to open the position for applications, advertise, and have the committee review and make recommendations.

Lowry was the only applicant.

Annette Straughter (District 12) moved, “I make the motion that we approve the application that we have, considering that this person has already been so gracious in being our (interim) Parish Treasurer.”

The full jury will act on the recommendation at tonight’s meeting.

The committee also heard from two representatives of Diversity One Staffing, a firm that had been hired to recruit candidates for the position of Assistant Parish Administrator.

Staffing Specialist Cathy Rogers presented resumes from five applicants that met the qualifications for the job. From those applicants, interviews will be conducted, it was said.

The action items came after a two-hour long executive session held to consider a grievance by a parish employee who didn’t receive a promotion he thought was due him.

After the session, the committee voted unanimously to deny the grievance, and leave the employee in his present position.

Two Meeting Dates This Week for LPPJ @ Library Events Center

02/10/2019

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s committee meetings will be spread across two days this week, with one committee meeting on Monday, February 11, and three on Tuesday, February 12.

The full jury will meet Tuesday.

Also, the meetings will be held at the Lincoln Parish Library’s Events Center, 910 North Trenton, due to elevator repairs at the Lincoln Parish Court House.

Monday, February 11

Personnel/Benefits Committee – 5:30 PM
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Tuesday, February 12

Marketing & Public Relations Committee – 5:30 PM
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Public Property & Buildings Committee – 6:00 PM
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Public Works Committee – 6:30 PM
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Police Jury – 7:00 PM
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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.

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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