Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Police Jury’ Category

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tomorrow

12/09/2019

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, December 10, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor. Committee meetings begin at 6:00 PM.

Public Works Committee – 6:00 PM
Agenda

Police Jury – 7:00 PM
Agenda

Detention Center Budgets Proposed

11/19/2019

An amended 2019 and proposed 2020 budget for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center were introduced and discussed in this morning’s meeting of the Detention Center Commission at the Lincoln Parish Court House.

The largest change in the 2019 amendment was the removal of revenues (and corresponding expenditures) for the construction of a 100 bed addition to the center.

Originally, the plan was to begin construction this year, but delays have forced the timetable over into 2020.

The addition will allow prisoners who are housed out of parish at extra expense to be housed locally. Considerable savings is expected.

Notable also is the reduction in the jail’s fund balance, a result of the higher construction cost of the new addition.

About $2.8 million of the construction cost is paid for by borrowed money, and the balance of the $3.7 million cost is paid from the jail’s fund balance. Warden Jim Tuten said the new building is expected to be occupied by next November.

Also significant was the estimated sales tax collections for 2019 were about $100 thousand less than projected.

A December 17, 10 AM meeting and public hearing was set for final approval of the budgets.

Local Election Results

11/17/2019

State Senator — 35th Senatorial District
116 of 116 precincts reporting – 100%
absentee reporting – 100%
17,894 – James R. “Jim” Fannin (REP) 50%
18,167 – “Jay” Morris (REP) 50%
Total: 36,061 – Unofficial Turnout: 50.0%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 1
100% Reporting
Theresa Wyatt (D) – 489 – 58%
Daphne Gallot-Knighten (D) – 360 – 42%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 3
100% Reporting
Marvin Franks, Jr. (R) – 796 – 54%
Nicky McCullin (R) – 679 – 46%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 4
100% Reporting
T. J. Cranford (R) – 781 – 52%
Randy Roberson (R) – 707 – 48%

Lincoln Parish Police Juror District 5
100% Reporting
Logan Hunt (R) – 1,011 – 58%
Brandon Milner (R) – 733 – 42%

Jail Cost Overruns to be Funded by Budget Surplus

10/22/2019

Lincoln Parish Detention Center expansion construction costs that are greater than estimated will be funded by surplus funds in the jail’s operating funds, the commission that operates the jail voted this morning.

The action came after Warden Jim Tuten said that the architect’s estimate was short almost $900 thousand for the 96-bed addition to the jail. The estimate was about $2.7 million, including furniture and fixtures.

“We were about $880 thousand short of what we needed to be able to completely finance the addition. I would like to get a recommendation from the jail commission that we transfer that additional $880 thousand that’s necessary to completely fund the new building,” Tuten said.

He noted that the jail’s operating budget had a $2.5 million surplus as of September 30.

The new addition has been under discussion for the last few years.

An average of about 30 of the jail’s inmates are housed in other area jails, at a cost of about $1 thousand/day, Tuten said.

Once the money is transferred into the jail construction fund, the balance of the cost will be borrowed from the US Department of Agriculture.

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will have to approve the winning bid and authorize construction after funding is secured.

Mann’s Construction of West Monroe had the lowest responsive bid.

In other action, the commission set meetings for November and December to review and adopt next year’s budget.

Hazel Hunter Re-elected to LPPJ, Hammons Defeated

10/12/2019

Police Juror — District 2
2 of 2 precincts reporting – 100%
absentee reporting – 100%

330 – Hazel D. Hunter 74%
115 – Russell “Rusty” Strozier 26%

Police Juror — District 5
4 of 4 precincts reporting – 100%
absentee reporting – 100%
Votes
290 – David Hammons 17%
818 – Logan Hunt 48%
607 – Brandon Milner 35%

Roberson in Runoff, Bennett Defeated

10/12/2019

LPPJ District Four

Roberson – 656 (46%)
Cranford – 659 (46%)
Johnston – 110 (8%)

LPPJ District Three

McCullin – 471 (34%)
Franks – 467 (34%)
Bennett – 431 (31%)

Two New Lincoln Jurors Elected

10/12/2019

District 10

Milton Melton – 404
Nancy Wilson (incumbent) – 273

District 7

Matt Pullin – 883
Tim Babcock – 542

Russell Re-Elected to LPPJ

10/12/2019

Incumbent District 8 Police Juror Skip Russell was tonight overwhelmingly re-elected to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

With all 4 precincts reporting:

Russell – 874
Hohlt – 264

Campaign Finance Updates

10/10/2019

The candidates for Lincoln Parish Sheriff and Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor have filed several new campaign finance reports since our earlier reporting.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff

George Webb

No significant (over $1000) contributions. He shows a $3000 expenditure to his campaign manager Low Tritt.

Report 10/1/2019

Stephen Williams

Significant (over $1000) Contributions:

N. Heath Miller – $2500
Tracey Wold – $2500
Hill Medical Services, LLC – $1000
Bevin Hicks – $1175 (in kind)

Williams reports $3500 spent with 50+1 Strategies, $1932 with Emprint Moran, and $3349 with Peregrine Corporation.

He also reports a new $2000 loan to his campaign.

Report 09/25/2019
Report 09/30/2019
Report 10/9/2019
Report 10/10/2019

Randall Hermes

Significant (over $1000) Contributions:

Chris Bowman – $1000
David Hermes – $2500
Susan Hermes – $16500

Significant expenditures lists Associated Business Printing, $1314.

Report 09/25/2019
Report 10/3/2019
Report 10/8/2019

Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor

Walter Pullen

Pullen reports no significant contributions, but does show $2767 in new loans to his campaign.

Significant expenditures include Emprint/Moran printing, $1294, Peregrine Services, $3349, and Ruston Daily Leader, $1684.

Report 09/30/2019
Report 10/03/2019

Billy McBride

McBride reports no significant contributions, nor no new loans to his campaign. There is one significant expenditure of $2000 to 50+1 Strategies.

Report 10/01/2019

Lincoln Parish Burn Ban

09/09/2019

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2019

CONTACT: Chief Kevin Reynolds
(318) 255-1055

TEMPORARY BAN ON OPEN-AIR OUTDOOR BURNING

The Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 has issued an emergency order banning all open-air outdoor burning effective immediately. This bum ban coincides with Lincoln Parish Police Jury Ordinance No. 276-06-(1) which authorizes Commissioners of Fire Protection District No. 1 of Lincoln Parish to impose a temporary ban on open-air outdoor burning within said district.

Due to the extremely dry conditions presently existing in Lincoln Parish, rural areas, woodlands, and forests are subject to fire. Anyone found to be violating this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine not to exceed
$500 dollars, together with all costs of court, or a jail sentence not to exceed six months, or both.

This ban will remain in effect until lifted by the Commissioners of Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1. Anyone having questions concerning this matter should contact this office at the number listed above.