Jury urged to be prepared for possible stimulus money

By Shantelle Breaux

ASSISTANT EDITOR

CROWLEY – Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Acadia Parish Police Jury began with a report by Karla Sonnier about stimulus package money, and what kind of funds are available.

She requested that the Jury have an additional meeting to discuss future projects and grants.

According to Sonnier, there is money available for things such as transportation, but all grants are competitive and require that applications be filled out.

“All I can recommend is that we have our applications ready,” she said.

Gwen Hanks, executive director of the Acadia Parish Tourist Commission, came before the Jury to ask that they pass a motion making changes to the by-laws of the Commission.

Present by-laws of the Commission state that two members-at-large serve on the Visitors Commission Board for a period of one year. Hanks asked that this be changed to a two year term for the member-at-large that will be named to the current vacant seat on the board in the future, and to the one member-at-large presently serving on the board, two years retroactive.

Also, present by-laws state that April 30 is the date on which the two at-large commissioner’s terms expire. Hanks asked that the by-law be changed to state April 30, of the end of their two year term, be the date on which the two at-large commissioner’s terms expire.

The motion passed.

Hanks also requested that the Jury vote to transfer full ownership of the Acadia Parish Tourist Information Center back to the Tourist Commission.

According to Hanks, nine years ago, the Jury sold bonds to pay for the center, and the Commission has been slowly paying back the Jury ever since. The last payment was made recently, and Hanks requested that steps be taken to remove the Jury’s name from any documentation.

The Jury passed a motion to donate the property back to the Tourist Commission.

The Jury voted to add Brooke Rd, located in Brooke Estates Subdivision, into the Acadia Parish Road System.

Also passed were resolutions imposing a 30 mph speed limit on Simon Road, between Benton and Muskrat, in Morse; and a 35 mph speed limit on Pecan Rd.

“It’s just a real problem,” said Jury Member Kermit Richard, referring to speeding in the area.

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