Archive for the ‘Ouachita Parish Police Jury’ Category

Book Sale This Weekend

06/26/2015

Friends of the Ouachita Public Library Book Sale

Dates: Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27

Time: 9am-3pm

Where:

West Ouachita Library
188 Hwy 546
Exit 108 from I-20
West Monroe, La 71291

Strike Three for Calhoun @ OPPJ

06/23/2015

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.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Meets Monday

06/21/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will meet Monday, June 22, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Courthouse, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/31/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, June 1, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Courthouse, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Book Sale This Weekend

05/26/2015

Subject: Friends of the Ouachita Public Library Book Sale for May

Dates: Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30

Time: 9am-3pm

Where: West Ouachita Library
188 Hwy 546
Exit 108 from I-20
West Monroe, La 71291

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/17/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, May 18, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Courthouse, second floor.

Here is the agenda.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

05/03/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, May 4, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Courthouse, second floor.

See here the agenda.

Richwood Finances “Un-Auditable”

04/21/2015

In a just-released financial report on the Town of Richwood, Baton Rouge CPA Melvin Davis revealed numerous findings and problems for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, and “disclaimed” an opinion on the town’s finances.

Wrote Davis:

The Town could not provide sufficient competent evidence to determine the accuracy and completeness of the Town’s financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013.

and,

The Town’s ongoing revenue shortfalls and inability to meet its financial obligations raise substantial doubt about the Town’s ability to continue as a going concern.

See here the complete report.

Among the findings:

Overall lack of financial management
Failure to record transactions
No financial statements
Lack of payroll administration
Potential ethics violations

Richwood has been under the direction of a Fiscal Administrator, Lafayette CPA Jonald Walker, who took over AFTER the period covered in the report.

Reportedly, Walker is making progress with the town’s finances.

Greater Ouachita Water Hung Out to Dry @ OPPJ Meeting

04/21/2015

Brown water and irate customers were featured at last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ), when Greater Ouachita Water Company (GOWC) showed up to fend off complaints about discolored water and poor service.

The issue came to a head recently when West Monroe resident and GOWC customer Quentin Henry created a Facebook page (The People vs Greater Ouachita Water Company), and began to chronicle customer complaints with pictures and videos.

GOWC’s Tommy Sparks said that while the water has been in compliance as far as safety, it was “not acceptable” in appearance. He said they were taking steps to install carbon filters to remove the color.

Said Sparks, “We going to convert to carbon filters. We’re going to put these at Arkansas Road and Highway 80,” the area where many of the complaints were originating.

He said that by 2016, much of the system will have the filters.

Also representing GOWC was Bill Murdis and Jason Moss of Severn Trent Services, the systems operator. They detailed the technical processes they were employing to remove the stain. Promises were made to be more responsive to customer complaints.

Henry said that the reason he created the page was to help prevent a re-occurrence of the problems. He suggest that the jury create an advisory board to work with GOWC, as is provided in the company’s original charter.

Said Henry, “They (the advisory board) are there to know what exactly is going on at all times,” with the water system.

The jury approved a resolution appointing Jury President Scotty Robinson (District A) to coordinate between GOWC and the jury.

Robinson said he would begin receiving the systems monthly reports and keep the other jurors informed.

In other business, Parish Engineer Kevin Crosby reported on a revision of the flood insurance rate map for Frenchman’s Bend Subdivision.

See here the news release.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday

04/19/2015

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ) will meet Monday, April 20, 5:30 PM, Ouachita Parish Court House, second floor.

Here is the agenda.


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