Jurors expect to prohibit exposing undergarments
“Slabbing,” the practice of wearing pants below the waist exposing undergarments may soon be outlawed in unincorporated areas of Acadia Parish, judging from comments made by members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury during committee meetings Tuesday night.
Juror A.J. Credeur introduced an ordinance modeled on one adopted recently by the Vermilion Parish Police Jury during the Legislative Committee session.
The ordinance would make it unlawful “for any person in a public place or in view of the public to wear pants, shorts, or skirts in such a manner as to expose their undergarments.” It further prohibits “a person to display the skin under which said undergarments are intended to cover.”
Offenses would be categorized as misdemeanors and be subject to a fine, prison term or both. The amount of the fine and jail time has not yet been established under the proposed ordinance.
Credeur added he encouraged parish municipalities to join the Jury in outlawing “slabbing” in their communities.
The committee also recommended changes to the ordinance related to free roaming livestock after hearing a couple complain about a horse escaping from a neighbor’s field and damaging their property.
As the ordinance is now written, the sheriff’s department can only respond to loose animals if they are on a public road.
After hearing from the couple as well as the neighbor in what they described as a long-standing dispute, the committee recommended the ordinance be amended to prohibit loose animals on both private and public property.
Both the “slabbing” and animal control ordinance are scheduled to be presented at the Jury’s meeting on Tuesday, August 13.
In other business, the Finance Committee recommended changes to the intergovernmental agreement between the parish and municipalities which do not provide their own animal control services. The original agreement did not stipulate the cost of using the parish’s animal control services. The committee decided on $15 fee for each captured animals and a $12 fee for every animal ethanized.
The committee also heard budget manager Peggy Romero review 2013 budget projections and anticipated fund balances.
The Road and Bridge Committee heard Parish Engineer Karl Aucoin discuss steps to halt erosion on Standard Mill at the Lafayette Parish line. He recommended installing 175 of pipe and steps to shore up the ditching at a projected cost of $30,600.
Jurors also discussed abandonment of “private driveway” roads which do not meet the standards for accepting roads into the parish road system.
The need to reseal existing chip sealed roads was also reviewed and well as repairs to the Vie Terre Road bridge. Three-way stop signs were also proposed at the intersection of Leger and Mark Twain Roads.
The Building and Grounds Committee voted to recommend the partial payment of $95,095 to Central Electric of Monroe for seven emergency generators funded under the Hurricanes Gustav/Ike Disaster Recovery Program. The generators in the process of being installed at the Iota water treatment plant, Church Point city hall, Estherwood sewer pump station, Mermentau village hall, two Crowley sewer pump station, and Iota town hall. A 60-day extension was also recommended to the Central Electric of Monroe contract due to delays in equipment deliveries.