Jury considers dissolving Airport District

Police Jury Cade Benoit asked his fellow jurors to consider abolishing Airport District No. 1 which oversees the operation of the LeGros Memorial Airport in Estherwood during committee sessions Wednesday night.

Benoit noted that the district was formed by the Police Jury in January 1990 with the goal of forming a taxing district to support the parish airport. 

“The taxing district was never formed,” pointed out Benoit, indicating he saw no reason to maintain the commission.

Benoit said the Police Jury itself must act on almost every issue regarding the airport, including accepting grant funds and settling disputes. 

In place of the commission, Benoit suggested jurors form an airport committee. He added he would gladly serve on such a committee. 

Benoit then move to dissolve the commission created by the Jury, with Legal Counsel Doug Wimberly confirming the Jury had the power to abolish the district. 

Juror John Quebodeaux suggested the Jury conduct a public hearing before taking any action on the fate of the district. A hearing date will be announced.

In other action, jurors listened to residents of the Findal Addition, who ask them to enforce the parish ordinance on dangerous dogs. 

The residents complained that whenever they discover a neighbor’s pitbull dog outside its kennel and call the animal control officer, the dog is returned to its kennel before the control officer arrives. They also reported the dog has “pinned” family members in their vehicles in the past.

The control officer admitted the dog is always in its kennel when she arrives. 

Compounding the problems is the fact the dog be must judged “dangerous” before it can be removed. 

After a lengthy discussion, the family agreed to sign a complaint identifying the dog as “dangerous”, permitting the control officer to act. 

In other business, John Nix, representing IESI, introduced Michael Welch as the new division manager for the garbage collection firm which serves the parish.

The Solid Waste Committee recommended that two pickup trucks at the parish landfill be declared surplus and sold to the highest bidder.

The committee members also authorized Mader Engineering to complete and submit water discharge permits for the parish landfill. The permit is renewable every five years.

The Road and Bridge Committee recommended spending $26,700 to install three culvert on Regan Road to replace a closed wooden bridge.

Jurors recommended accepting Port Road, which leads to the Mermentau River Port, into the parish road system once all liens are cleared.

Jurors agreed to conduct an executive session during their meeting next Wednesday to resolve a dispute by a homeowner on how Ron Lawson inspected his house during its construction. The owner has asked the fees be  reimbursed. 

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