Jurors introduce anti-‘slabbing’ pants’ ordinance
Acadia Parish Jurors took the first step Tuesday night to prohibit the practice of men exposing their undergarments above sagging pants in the unincorporated areas of the parish.
The ordinance modeled on one adopted by the Vermilion Parish Police Jury will be the topic of a public hearing before the Sept. 10 meeting. If approved, it would be enforced by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office 30 days later in October.
The ordinance contains some very costly fines. The fine for a first offense will be $100, $500 for a second offense and a $1,000 fine and up to 30 days in jail if found guilty of a third offense. Though the ordinance would be enforced only in the rural areas, jurors indicated they would like all municipalities to pass similar legislation.
Jurors also amended their ordinance to prohibit livestock roaming at-large on private property. Currently, the sheriff’s office can only be called out if an animal is on a public road or other public land.
In other action, Juror A.J. “Jay” Credeur was successful in his motion seconded by Juror Jimmie Pellerin, to table intergovernmental agreements with parish municipalities for animal control services with the parish staff.
Credeur also got the backing of jurors regarding the process to abandon roads that do not meet the standards for roads accepted into the parish road system. Jurors agreed with Credeur to have Secretary-Treasurer Richard “Dickie” Latiolais and Parish Attorney Brad Andrus consult with District Attorney Mike Harson to confirm “what we can do and shouldn’t do.” The process would affect “private” roads which may serve only one house or do not serve a public need.
Five rural fire protection districts and the Parish Rice Arena were authorized by the Jury to receive the Louisiana Local Government Assistance Program funds, specifically $2,745 for the District 2 (Egan), $2,865 for District 5 (Morse, Estherwood, and Mermentau); $9,155 for District 6 (Branch), $9,155 for District 7 (Mire) and $4,575 for District 10 (Church Point), and $6,865 for a modular building at the Rice Arena.
Jurors approved the issuing of $938,000 in refunding bonds for the parish correctional center to reduce the cost.
Acting on the recommendation of their auditor, jurors transferred $538,895 from the road reserve fund to the original solid waste fund because the amount exceeded what was needed for road bond reserves.
The one percent sales tax district certificate of indebtedness fund was closed and funds were transferred to the Sales Tax District #2 Fund.
Jurors approved the low bid of $305,590.95 for Guinn Construction of Jennings to install a new bulkhead structure on Schultz Road and install a guardrail on the north side of the road.
Street improvement work in south and north Midland by Glenn Lege Construction was accepted as substantially completed.
In other action, jurors:
• Waived fees for a water line extension along Fourth St. in Mermentau;
• Supported a housing development project by the ASSIST Agency seeking HUD funding for low-income housing;
• Authorized the installation of a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Leger and Mark Twain Roads;
• Called a public hearing for a 35 mph speed limit on Toups Road from Hwy. 35 westward to Compact Road;
• Authorized advertising for bids for oil, gas and mineral leases of 11 acres on Lafourche Road and for engineering consulting services; and
• Viewed a presentation on flood risk analysis in Acadia Parish by Robert Miller with C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, Inc.