Jury to negotiate with IESI
After getting assurances no outside garbage will be brought into Acadia Parish, members of the Solid Waste Committee Tuesday night recommended the full Jury open negotiations with its current garbage collection firm and consider a three- or five-year contract extension.
IESI has proposed it would buy seven new trucks and set up a maintenance facility and office in Acadia Parish if the Jury agrees to a five-year extension.
IESI District Manager Dave Clabo promised jurors there would be no transfer of out-of-parish garbage and revealed the firm in the process of developing plans to erect a 4,000 square foot joint maintenance-office building on a 10 acres within the Duson town limits.
Clabo said the building would house for four repair bays, welding facilities and a wash bay, along with office space, creating both a base for parish tax revenues as well as local salaries.
Before Clabo detailed IESI’s plans, Engineer Tim Mader was asked to lay out the options open to the Jury as its current contract with IESI expires in March 2013.
Mader urged Jury to act soon if it wishes to extend the IESI contract, solicit new bids or establish its own in-house collection division. Mader noted Vermilion Parish operates its own collection service.
Juror A.J. Credeur interjected Vermilion Parish, with fewer households, has a $6.5 million garbage collection budget, while Acadia Parish is now spending about $2.7 million. Operating an in-house program, Credeur pointed out “would take $2 million off our roads,” since some of the landfill tax revenues are dedicated for road projects.
Jurors also discussed converting their mosquito control program to an in-house operation. In 2008, the Jury abandoned its in-house system and contracted with Glenn Stokes of MCCI for mosquito control.
After hearing Stokes’ detailed report, Juror David Savoy appeared to be leaning toward reestablishing the in-house program, noting the cost of Jury-operated system ($709,000 annually) was close to the contract figure of $697,000.
“I got elected on mosquitoes,” remarked Savoy, citing the number of complaints he heard when he campaigned. He later told Clabo he has not had any recent complaints
Juror Julie Borill also commented mosquito control was also “part of my election.”
The option of doing aerial spraying, mentioned by Stokes, also interested jurors, with Borill noting if the Jury were “to go in-house,” the aerial spraying should be on contract.
Juror Dale Trahan’s motion to make a decision at Tuesday’s Jury meeting was then approved.
In the sole Personnel Committee item, without mentioning the reason, Juror Alton Stevenson announced he anticipating calling for an executive session.
Jurors also discussed at length a plan to stiffen the parish’s ordinance on trail rides. The current regulations puts no limit on the number of riders. After much discussion, a proposal to set a limit of 250 riders on horseback was excluded, but the requirement for two security guards for every 100 persons, including riders, spectators and participants, on private property was recommended to the full Jury.
After reviewing pictures of cracks developing in the walls of the parish jail opened five years ago, jurors agreed to hire architect Terrell Crochet to inspect the jail and report back next Tuesday.
Earlier in the meeting, Crochet has reported on renovations at the landfill office, to create more storage space, while adding a door.
Engineer Karl Aucoin reported substantial completion of the Jury’s new administrative offices in the old parish jail, with plans to begin moving equipment and staff next week.
Jurors also recommended building a new animal control facility and donating the present building to the city of Crowley.
Jurors also recommended the old Crowley Health Unit building be leased to the Acadia Players, which presented plans for a culture and performing art center.