Jury president creates two tie votes on CAO motions
By Paul Kedinger
LSN STAFF WRITER
CROWLEY – A.J. “Jay” Credeur, employed his right to “break” two tie votes on Juror John Quebodeaux’s effort to alter the fate of the administrator’s role in the future operations of the Acadia Parish Police Jury Tuesday night.
With a seconding motion by Juror Kermit Richard, Quebodeaux called on the full Jury to appoint current Secretary-Treasurer Terry Lacombe as the CAO at his current salary of $60,000.
Based on comments from the public, Quebodeaux suggested Lacombe “was doing a good job” and should be granted full administrative duties. As currently under Jury review the post would pay $100.000 with Rayne Mayor Jim Petitjean mentioned most frequently as the likely candidate.
Quebodeaux and Richard were Felton Moreau and A.J. “Fatty” Broussard, while casting negative votes were Jurors Cade Benoit. Thomas Sonnier, Alton Stevenson and A.J. Credeur, breaking the tie vote he created.
The jurors lined up in the same fashion when asked to consider creating the post of economic development director.
Juror Sonnier repeated his contention that a job description should be done “before we sit down and hire someone.”
Jurors also rejected Quebodeaux’s motion to hold Jury committee and regular meetings at 10 a.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. Jury President commented such a change would deny a working person a chance to share his views.
Jurors rapidly move through the remainder of the agenda composed primarily of appointments and committee recommendations, adjourning in under one hour.
The following road speed limits were approved: 25 mph limit on Ray LeJeune and Buggy Road and 40 mph limit on Meche Road.
Jurors also agreed:
• To pay the expenses of Lewis Broussard, a member of the new Airport Committee, and Peggy Romero, jury staffer, to attend a March FAA conference;
• Canceled the courthouse cleaning contract with C&J Commercial Cleaning effective Feb. 28;
• Approved electrical service for the Annex Building to be occupied by the Registrar of Voters staff;
• Adopted the revised personnel manual;
• Agreed to extend landfill hours on Saturdays during the summer from 2 to 4:30 p.m.