Committee to evaluate courthouse security
By Shantelle Breaux
CROWLEY – At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Acadia Parish Police Jury, the jury accepted a motion made by the Building and Grounds Committee to appoint a special committee that will report to the jury about Acadia Parish Courthouse security in July.
This comes after Judge Glennon Everett expressed concerns about the security of the courthouse at a recent jury committee meeting. Judge Everett expressed worry about security measures at the courthouse, citing as two examples recent bomb threats and a knife fight that occurred in the courthouse.
“We don’t even have a way of checking for weapons,” said Judge Everett at that time.
Sitting on the committee will be Jury member Alton Stevenson, a representative of the fire marshal, a representative from the Sheriff’s Office, Judge Kristian Earles, the secretary-treasurer of the jury and the homeland security director. Police Jury member John Quebodeaux will chair the committee.
The jury voted to accept the recommendation of the Airport Advisory Committee to hire William Elliot to perform appraisals at LeGros Airport, located south of Estherwood, to judge the fair market value for ground space and hanger space. They also approved a recommendation to work with an interested party to either construct a portable building for interim operations at the airport or to lease possible available building space.
The jury approved a motion to renew their debris removal contract with B & J Enterprises, whom they have employed since 2004.
The current price paid for the company’s services is $8.10 per cubic yard. Work is only done by the company when needed.
The jury passed a resolution expressing their thanks and appreciation for the years of service Robert Bergeaux has given to the parish. Bergeaux was employed by the jury from January 1993 until April 2009, when he retired.
“I make the resolution that we keep Mr. Bergeaux for a year or two,” said Police Jury member Alton Stevenson jokingly.