Jurors discuss use of annex building

By Paul Kedinger


The constant growth of files has Acadia Parish Clerk of Court Robby Barousse looking for more storage space, a need that had police jurors discussing the use of space in the annex building and the second floor of the old parish jail during committee meetings Tuesday.

Jurors learned Barousse figures the annex building could be used for storage by spending $60,000.

When Barousse first told jurors of his need for more storage space, it was decided the Registrar office would be moved to the annex building, but Registrar Billie Meyer figured it would cost $160,000 to ready the building for her office.

Now Barousse is also considering the use of the second floor of the old jail. During a meeting with Secretary-Treasurer Terry Lacombe Tuesday, Barousse estimated the jail bunk beds and bars would serve well in storing the files. In fact, the built-in security is a definite plus for the clerk of court’s records.

Jurors directed Terry Lacombe to talk with both Barousse and Meyer and report back to the full Jury.

In other action, jurors received a preliminary report for Frank Bergeron on the audit which will be formally presented June 10 to the Jury.

Assessor Russell Benoit discussed new publication requirements mandated by the state legislature if the Jury wishes to “roll forward” millages.

Jurors accepted a recommendation from bonding attorney Lonnie Bewely to refinance the parishwide sales tax which supports the landfill operation. Bewely projected the bond issue could be lowered to $3,025,000, reducing the reserve the Jury must maintain.

Jurors directed Road Manager to gather figures on purchasing a new 80-90 hp tractor for use at LeGros Memorial Airport or another size capable of powering a 15-foot wide mower after Dr. A.J. Hains reported the current tractor is in need of major repairs. The Airport Commission is required to mow a 100-foot section on both sides of its two runways.

Jurors also ordered that a sign be erected at the airport to announce minimum cost leasing of hundreds of acres of airport property.

Jurors also recommended that the Jury approve an engineering services agreement tied to an airfield drainage study financed by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

In other recommendations by the Finance Committee, Jury President A.J. Credeur would be authorized to sign a cooperative agreement to obtain $181,301 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds.

Jurors also recommended advertising for a used motor grader.

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