Henderson’s cops to get great overtime

By Sally Angelle

societytnews@bellsouth.net

HENDERSON – To entice local police officers to put in extra time patrolling the streets of Henderson – including, presumably, a short stretch of Interstate 10 that has proved to be a gold mine since it was annexed a few years ago – the officers’ extra-duty pay is being bumped up to $30 per hour.

Most of the money for the overtime is coming from a grant through Safe Community Partnership, an outreach of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

The town will pay the officers $10 of the $30 per hour, said Mayor Sherbin Collette.

It’s an effort to help make the community safer, he said at Monday night’s regular Town Council meeting.

In February, the police department collected $60,239.35 in fines. Statistics were not immediately available to show how much of that money was collected on I-10, but Henderson PD cars are frequently seen running radar checks just west of the Atchafalaya Basin bridge.

The town annexed a stretch of I-10 from the Basin levee to the Henderson exit in 2005.

In other business:

•Mayor Collette said there is crushed asphalt available to residents, if they are interested they need to contact City Hall at 228-7109.

•School Superintendent Richard Lavergne address the council to promote Propositions one and two for the April 4 election.

•Council went into executive session to discuss ongoing litigation concerning the bridge that was burnt in at the end of old Henderson road.

•Police Chief Leroy Guidry thanked the Volunteer Fire Department for putting together a successful Mardi Gras parade. No incidents were reported.

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