Jurors discuss enforcing parish permit ordinance
CROWLEY – In an agenda filled with routine actions, members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury Tuesday night focused much of their attention on enforcing the parish’s permitting ordinance and the poisoning of chicken tree and mowing at LeGros Memorial Airport.
Mosquito control was a secondary concern.
Citing a welding business in the Mire area which failed to properly secure the correct building permit, Jury President A.J. “Fatty” Broussard asked jurors to consider issuing a cease and desist order and demand a $500 fine for securing a permit after construction rather than before.
Broussard said the owner originally sought a permit for a storage building, which was initially changed to light industrial and now is heavy industrial. In addition, Broussard said no certificate of occupancy was obtained.
Broussard said he wished to halt people who circumvent the parish ordinances.
“We have to figure out how to enforce our laws,” he added.
Jurors eventually decided to send Lee Hebert, the code compliance officer, and Secretary-Treasurer Richard “Dickie” Latiolais to inspect the business.
When Legal Counsel Doug Wimberly emphasized the importance of documenting the case, jurors asked him to review the present ordinance for clarification and enabling enforcement procedures.
Road Manager Michael “Pee Wee” Schexnider asked for adjustment to the airport’s maintenance budget to apply chemical spray on approximately 250 acres clogged by trees at the parish airport.
He eventually was authorized to spend $12,000 to control the trees, of which the Jury expects $4,000 in state reimbursement.
Juror A.J. “Jay” Credeur cautioned against the use of road dedicated funds on the airport, while other jurors inquired about advertising for someone to mow the grass for hay under lease.
Glenn Stokes, owner of Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc. (MCCI) told jurors if the sampling of mosquito warrants, after consulting with Secretary-Treasurer Latiolais, “we’re prepared to aerial spray.”
Stokes said if there is a need, the FFA must be given 24-hour advance notice for the low flying airplane. He noted he has secured a bid of $1.57 per acre from the same firm that provides aerial spraying over Dallas, Texas.
Referring to a map, Stokes said aerial routes have been worked up that encompass 90 percent of the rural area, excluding Crowley and Rayne.
He also said anyone who had not previously been sprayed with the trucks units can request spraying by calling 785-4456. In the first seven day of September, he added MCCI trucks have sprayed a total of 62 hours.
Jurors authorized President Broussard to execute a lease agreement for a polling place at St. Michael Church in Crowley.
Broussard was also authorized to sign an intergovernmental agreement with the Jefferson Davis Police Jury to purchase, insure and maintain a truck to be used by the LSU Cooperative Extension Service to inspect crops in both parishes. County Agent Barrett Courville does the work in both parishes.
Jurors declared a list of parish road and office equipment as surplus and voted to donate a 2005 Dodge mini-van to the Village of Morse rather than to the Town of Church Point which also requested the vehicle.