Jurors eye expense funding

CROWLEY - Travel expense funding for Acadia Parish Police Jurors will be discussed when committees meet here Tuesday night.

At the request of Juror Alton “Al” Stevenson, the Finance Committee will address “the issuance and receipt of travel expense funds” for individual jurors.

By law, jurors are entitled to mileage reimbursement on personal vehicles used “in the line of duty.” However, when jurors were debating the merits of a $500-a-month raise earlier this year, many said they had not been submitting the necessary paperwork for reimbursement.

That $500-a-month raise was defeated.

In all, five committees will meet on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the Airport Committee, followed by the Building and Grounds, Personnel, Road and Bridge and, finally, Finance.

The Airport Committee — Julie Borill, chair; Jimmie Pellerin and A.J. “Jay” Credeur — will consider authorizing President A.J. “Fatty” Broussard to sign a land lease for property at LeGros Memorial Airport.

The Building and Grounds Committee — Robert Guidry, chair; David Savoy and Stevenson — will review and consider partial payment of the emergency generators project funded by the Gustav/Ike Disaster Recovery Program.

The lone item on the agenda for the Personnel Committee — Guidry, chair; Donna Bertrand, Dale Trahan and Borill — is to discuss a back-up in the Pairsh Permit Department.

Enforcement of the “designated smoking area” at the courthouse will be talked by members of the Road and Bridge Committee — Trahan, chair; Borill and Guidry.

The jury recently designated the entire Court Circle, with the exception of an area near the administrative building, as a “no smoking” zone.

Committee memebers also will consider authorizing a public hearing to increase the speed limit on a portion of the Egan-Iota Highway.

In addition to Stevenson’s request for travel expense funding, the Finance Committee — Borill, chair; Pellerin and Guidry — are expected to authorized Mader Engineering to submit an application on behalf of the Police Jury for state Capital Outlay funds.

No details on the scope of the request is given on the agenda.

The committee also will discuss natural gas usage at the Crowley-Rayne Industrial Park; declare items surplus and authorize the sale thereof; and authorize Broussard — an ex officio member of each committee — to sign an agreement with Advanced Utility Auditing for auditing of utilities and telephone expenses.

No decisions made during tyhe committee meetings are binding. The committees can only make recommendations to the full jury, which will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Committee meetings, like meetings of the full jury, are open to the general public.

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