Jury has big plans for parish airport
The Acadia Parish Police Jury is planning major changes at LeGros Memorial Airport.
Major developments were approved at Wednesday night’s Jury meeting, during which jurors approved the expansion of airport hangars by earmarking $575,498 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Program funds connected to damages caused by Hurricane Gustav and Ike.
A lengthy list of primary projects carry a price tag of $2,513,759. Five alternate projects were priced at $988,231. The project lists, created following a series of public hearings, were approved by Louisiana Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Infrastructure Program.
Wednesday night, jurors revised the project lists, moving repairs to Airport Road to the alternate project list, thus providing funds to build two new hangars at the parish airport.
With the $575,000 grant, the Jury plans to build a larger hangar which will be leased to Landry Aero, which now operates out of a trailer and a smaller hangar.
Jury Secretary-Treasurer Terry Lacombe explained the move to a larger hanger will permit Landry Aero to expand its airplane parts inventory and related repair business.
In turn, the Jury will lease the firm’s current hangar to a new client and build a third hangar for a new lease holder.
Jurors also acted to update the airport layout plans for the parish airport. Lacombe was authorized to receive requests for qualifications for an engineering/consultant. Jury President A.J. “Jay” Credeur was also authorized to appoint members of a selection committee for the airport plan, which was last updated in 1980. Since that time, a new runway, buildings and lighting system have been added to the airport. The new airport layout plan should aid in securing future funding.
In other action Wednesday, jurors authorized Nicholas Bellard, jury attorney, to execute documents to take possession of a 60-foot strip of land located between the
Rice Arena and the Acadia Parish School Board Office. According to current tax records, the strip of land has “an unknown owner” and no taxes have been paid on the property.
Jurors approved a resolution closing accounts associated with the Acadia Parish Library which was “emancipated” through an act of the state legislature. Up to this time, the Jury had been writing library payrolls and paying its bills, responsibilities which will now be done by the Library Board.
The Jury also made appointments to two fire districts and adopted a 35 mph speed limit on North Riceland Road, from Solider north to Heritage. Joshua Thibodeaux, George Hebert and April Simon were reappointed to the board of Fire Protection District No. 3, while Buck Morgan was appointed to the District No. 8 board, replacing Nicholas Penn who resigned as board secretary. Penn will continue to served as a volunteer firefighter with the Lyons Point Volunteer Fire Department.
Jurors waived a road crossing permit fee for the Mire-Branch Water Corporation.
Harold Beck, public transportation assistant administrator, invited the Police Jury to take advantage of funding for public transportation in the rural areas. He explained the division, which operates under the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, currently serves 32 parishes, including Allen, Jeff Davis, St. Landry and Cameron in this area of the state.
While explaining there is a 50 percent matching fund is required, he assured jurors there is no lack of federal funds.