Jurors create new fire district around Crowley
The Acadia Parish Police Jury adopted resolutions Tuesday night to form a Fire Protection District No. 11 around Crowley which will serve portions of Jury Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The first resolution described the boundaries of the district, which abuts the city limits of Crowley. The second resolution calls for a special election on Saturday, May 4, and authorizes the levy of a 10-year, $100 parcel fee to fund the new fire district. Jury Secretary-Treasurer Richard “Dickie” Latiolais administered the oath of office to the four men appointed by the Jury, Chad Monceaux, Robert Murphy, Glenn Hebert and Charles Broussard, Jr., to served as the district’s initial board members. The State Bond Commission is expected to grant its approval at its April meeting, The parcel fee is expected to generate $120,000 annually.
Brandon Trahan, a resident of Lovell Road, made an impassioned plea to the jurors to do something to slow traffic on the road, which he described as a drag strip.
Trahan explained he and his wife were shocked when a 19-year-old Crowley man crashed into a utility pole in front of his home and his body ended up in his driveway Saturday afternoon.
Trahan asked for either stop signs or speed bumps to slow motorists.
Jurors appeared hesitant to install speed bumps, but quickly approved the immediate installation of three sets of stop signs on intersections along Lovell Road between Hwy 13 and Clearview Subdivision.
Jurors agreed to install three-way stop signs on Kings Road and Katherine Road while four-way stop signs will be erected at the Leger Road intersection.
In other action, jurors agreed to call a special meeting for 1 p.m. Thursday to act on an emergency ordinance regulating the hours and use of propane-powered cannons used to drive birds from rice fields.
At last week’s committee meeting, Brad Andrus, jury attorney, was asked to write a letter to Sheriff Wayne Melancon outlining enforcement options under the current ordinance. At that meeting, several citizens complained that the booming cannons were operated constantly over 24 hours.
Last night, Andrus reported the district attorney declined to prosecute rice farmers under the current noise abatement ordinance.
Though he pointed out an emergency ordinance can be enforced for only 60 days, jurors directed him to prepare such an ordinance for passage Thursday.
Juror approved amendments to the parish’s subdivision ordinance which will change the definition of future mobile home parks to accommodate five or more “livable units,” while stating that any remaining land not included in an original subdivision be considered independent of the final subdivision. A third amendment would require homeowner associations be formed to cover the cost of operating any street lighting installed in a subdivision. Jason Gossen of the parish Planning Commission recommended the changes to better regulate setbacks and other spacing requirements.