Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Police Jury’ Category

Police Jury Meets Today

04/13/2021

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton. Committee meetings begin at 6:00 PM.

Public Works – agenda

Personnel/Benefits – agenda

Police Jury – agenda

Library Board to Recommend Millage to LPPJ

04/07/2021

There’s but a single agenda item listed for a Thursday special called meeting of the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control: “Discuss and take action on millage recommendation to Police Jury.”

The meeting will be at 5:00 PM, Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton Street.

Library Board Meets Tomorrow

03/30/2021

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control will meet Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 3:30 PM, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton Street.

Here is the agenda:

I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Public Comments
IV. Approval of Minutes – February 24th and March 10th , 2021
V. Introduction of Interim Director – Marcie Nelson
VI. Accept Resignation of Board Member – Deborah Hollimon
VII. Welcome Board Member – Sandra Dupree
VIII. Accept Proposal for Library’s Information Technology (IT) Management
IX. Announcements
Board of Trustee Training – April 28, 2021 Events Center 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Parish Library Liaison Committee Meeting March 31, 2021 Events Center 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
X. Statistics
XI. Adjournment

Tommy Lane Boddie: 3/9/1953-3/20/2021

03/20/2021

Tommy Lane Boddie, age 68 of Ruston, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Cook Baptist Church in Ruston. Rev. Gil Arthur and Rev. Jeff Smart will officiate.  Interment will be at Douglas Cemetery in Choudrant, Louisiana.  Visitation will be held on Monday, March 22, 2021, from 5:00 P.M. -8:00 P.M. at Cook Baptist Church under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Tommy was a member of Cook Baptist Church.  Tommy was a retired superintendent for the DOTD.  He is preceded in death by his parents; Thomas “Bo” Boddie and Sybil Dye Boddie.  Those left to cherish his memories are his wife Nina Cook Boddie, son; Todd Boddie and wife Kim Boddie, daughter; Nancy Boddie Griffith and husband Eddy Griffith.  Four Grandchildren: Nathan Griffith, James Gunner Griffith, Adam Griffith and Skylar Boddie, brother; Terry Thomas Boddie and wife Pam Boddie, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Cook Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana.

Pallbearers are Tony Billberry, Will  Billberry, Brian Vann, Luke Allen, J.P. Dunbar, Donnie Martin, Ken Lantrip and Dan O’Neal.  Honorary Pallbearers are Steve Barham, John Roebuck, Wayne Brooks, John Eley, Randy Roberson and DeDe Deason.

Library Board Punts on RIF, Schedule Changes

03/11/2021

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control took no action on two significant agenda items at yesterday afternoon’s meeting.

The “Reduction in Force” item was tabled with no action taken.

Board Chair Augusta Clark said that after a Monday meeting with library staff, the issue was not quite ready to address.

Said Clark, “We were almost ready to go with it, but we’re not quite ready.”

Board member Amy Miller said, “We had some issues with this – we’re just not ready to make a decision on this – we have to talk to legal counsel.”

Richard Durrett added, ” We want to make sure we do it correctly.”

Likewise, the decision on adjusting operating hours was discussed, but not acted upon. Clark did say that there was discussion about opening from Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM, and closing completely on Sunday. More study was needed on what hours the library was most used, the board members felt.

Currently, the library hours are Monday – Thursday 9AM to 8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM to 6PM, and Sunday 1PM to 5PM.

The board earlier accepted the resignation of Interim Director Theresa Mason, who will resume her old duties as Manager of Materials Management.

Hired as the new Interim Director at $60 thousand/year was Marcie Nelson. She has over 13 years of experience in several libraries across the state, including a 3 year stint as Children’s Librarian at the Lincoln Parish Library.

She is currently Head of Youth Services at Livingston Parish Library. She was also Director at Jackson Parish Library.

The board agreed to hold the next board meeting on Wednesday, March 31.

Jury Tables Sales Tax Collection Resolution

03/10/2021

After a briefing by Louisiana State Representative Chris Turner (LA House District 12), the Lincoln Parish Police Jury last night tabled a resolution that would have put the jury on record opposing any legislation that would allow the Louisiana Department of Revenue to administer and collect local sales and use taxes.

Recently, some lawmakers have indicated that centralized collection was a major goal for the upcoming fiscal session of the legislature. Business advocates have said that companies that operate across multiple parishes find it cumbersome dealing with the many local tax collection agencies.

Changing the existing setup with a constitutional amendment would require a 2/3 vote of both the House and Senate, and approval of the state’s voters.

Turner said the proposals are still in draft form and have not yet been presented in bill form. He also said the collections would still be done locally, despite what had been said earlier.

Said Turner, “It’s still a draft, not a bill. We’re trying to capture all these sales taxes we’re missing. We’re not replacing anyone locally. There’s words that’s being worked out (collection and administration) in a bill right now, and it’s going to be a tough fight.”

Turner went on to say that much of the effort would be directed toward collecting sales taxes from internet purchases that local entities may be missing.

District Eight’s Skip Russel (who has been the LPPJ representative on the local tax commission for many years) noted that the local collection agency costs about 0.5% of revenue to collect taxes. He asked Turner what the state would charge to do job.

Replied Turner, “We’re still looking at that – there’s this number of 5% that’s jumping around.”

Turner said that Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder would be amenable to setting up a conference call to hear juror’s concerns.

Local tax administrator Denise Griggs spoke up to say that Lincoln Parish had been collecting online sales tax monies since the summer of 2020.

The vote to table the resolution was unanimous, but it was clear that jurors were very interested in the issue and would be discussing any proposed legislation with legislative leadership.

Earlier in the evening, the jury’s Personnel & Benefits Committee adopted a revised policy on board and commission appointments. The full jury ratified the committee’s decision.

Also, the jury called a public hearing for the April 13 meeting to hear input regarding an October library tax election.

Library Board Special Meeting Tomorrow

03/09/2021

The Lincoln Parish Library’s Board of Control will meet in a special called session Wednesday, March 10, 4 PM, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

Several significant items are set for discussion, to include:

  1. Acceptance of Theresa Mason’s Letter of Resignation as Interim Director
  2. Consider and Take Action on Marcie Nelson’s Appointment as Interim Director
  3. Consider and Take Action on Salary Approval of Marcie Nelson
  4. Consider and Take Action on Salary Adjustment for Theresa Mason
  5. Consider and Take Action on Reduction in Force (RIF)
  6. Consider and Take Action on Proposed Changes in Library Schedule Hours Beginning March 15, 2021

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tomorrow

03/08/2021

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton. Committee meetings begin at 5:30 PM.

Here are the agendas.

Library Tax Election seen for Saturday, October 9

02/25/2021

Yesterday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control saw discussion about how best to ask Lincoln Parish voters to approve a tax millage that would fund operations of the agency. Also discussed was a “reduction in staff,” to make the library more economical.

Saturday, October 9 was the target date of the election.

Last December, voters defeated 57% to 43% a 5.85 mil, 10 year property tax, leaving the library facing a complete shutdown if the re-vote fails again. The budget has just about enough money to last through year-end.

Board Chair Augusta Clark said, “We’re going start looking at how we can do with less and combine some things.” Asked if that could mean layoffs, she added, “I don’t know how soon, but yes.”

The term “reduction in force” was suggested as a substitute for layoffs.

Clark said the proposed budget is being formulated, and will be submitted to the police jury for approval. The jury will then make the election call for a millage that will support that budget.

Budget meetings among the library staff, the jury administrator, and the contract accountant are already underway, with the goal of approving at the April 13 jury meeting an election call for that 10/9 election.

In other business, the board heard from member Amy Miller about the search for a new director. As was mentioned last month, the hiring process won’t begin in earnest until the fate of the tax election is known.

Miller presented a written report with some background about comparable salaries, job description, and advertising for the position. See here the report.

Library Board Meets Today

02/24/2021

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control will meet today (Wednesday, February 24) at 4:00 PM, Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.