The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, August 17, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Courthouse, second floor.
Here is the agenda.
A burn ban for Ouachita Parish will be on the agenda today at a Noon special called meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ), Ouachita Parish Courthouse, second floor.
1. In the unincorporated areas of Ouachita Parish no person shall conduct the open air burning of any trash, garbage, leaves, limbs and branches, or debris of any kind.
2. This Ordinance shall be effective from the time of its adoption by the Ouachita Parish Police Jury until terminated.
3. This Ordinance shall not apply to any person conducting open air burning pursuant to a license or permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry or the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
4. Any person violating any provisions of this Ordinance shall be punished by a fine of up to Five Hundred $500.00) Dollars or imprisoned for a term of not more than thirty (30) days.
5. As an alternative to any other available enforcement mechanism or procedure, this Ordinance may be enforced through an administrative adjudication by the Ouachita Parish Administrative Hearing Officer pursuant to La. R.S. 13:2575(B) and Ouachita Parish Police Jury Ordinance No. 8786 (Compiled Ordinances of Ouachita Parish, Section 1.
See here the agenda.
Under fire for furnishing customers with discolored water, Southwest Ouachita Waterworks had a significant finding in its 2013 audit by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) – “Noncompliance with Established Internal Controls Over Cash Disbursements.”
Wrote the auditor:
Criteria: The water system’s internal control over cash disbursements require that aboard member review invoices for payment and document this review by initialing the invoice.
Condition: During my test of expenses, I noted that 8 out of 40 invoices examined were not initialed by a
Effect: The failure to properly review invoices for payment could result in payments for unauthorized goods or
Recommendation: I recommend that board members signing checks review and initial all invoices paid.
See here the complete document.
The 2014 audit has not been published.
Several area residents attended the 4/20/15 meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to vent about the system’s problems.
According to other area media – specifically the Mayo Mouthpiece – Southwest customers are still experiencing problems with discolored water.
Also, the Ouachita Citizen has reported that the Louisiana Public Service Commission is recommending a 29% rate increase for residential customers of Southwest.
Friends of the Ouachita Public Library Book Sale
Dates: Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27
West Ouachita Library
188 Hwy 546
Exit 108 from I-20
West Monroe, La 71291
For the third time in as many meetings of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ), District B’s Mack Calhoun failed to get a second to his motion to build a branch of the Ouachita Parish Library in Calhoun.
The motion came after twenty minutes of often rancorous commentary from Calhoun, chastising his fellow jurors for not supporting his plan.
District C’s Walt Caldwell said that while he supported construction of branch in Calhoun, the library board needed time to put forth a strategic plan, with adequate budgets to support the system.
Said Caldwell, “I think that the library board need make their five-year plan, and I would like to see this as part of it. I support this library.”
Library Director Robin Toms, who was unable to attend last night’s meeting, wrote in an email that planning was underway to that end.
I will not be able to attend the jury meeting tonight so I wanted to update you all on the action taken at the library board meeting held on June 11, 2015. The board voted to approve a timeline for the development of a new strategic plan for library services and facilities over the next 5 years. The timeline calls for the utilization of a community survey, focus group meetings, library staff and board meetings between July and October of 2015. The board intends to approve the final plan in December and present it to the full police jury in January. The board and I will be assisted in this process by Diane Brown, Associate State Librarian with the State Library of Louisiana.
See here the document.
Calhoun would have none of it and continued to harangue the other jurors.
Even District F’s Pat Moore tried to calm Calhoun, to no effect.
Said Moore, “If we’re going to be calling people names, and just conducting ourselves like this, then I think that’s out of order.”
After Calhoun made his motion with no second, he seemed to run out of wind. As jury elections are later this year, Calhoun’s efforts appear geared more for free publicity than for reasoned discussion.
In other business, Parish Engineer Kevin Crosby told the jurors that the project to improve drainage and widen Fink’s Hideaway Road should be substantially complete by the end of the year.
The $8.7 million project has been underway for about a year, Crosby estimated. The road, which connects the Swartz area to Hwy 165 North, is one of the most heavily traveled in the area.