Mosquito bill stings Police Jury
By Paul Kedinger
LSN STAFF WRITER
CROWLEY – Members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury were stung by the cost projection of Glenn Stokes, head of Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc. (CMMI), as they discussed a motion to extend their contract with the firm until July 10, an additional 30 days.
The lack of qualified applicants for the post of mosquito control director prompted jurors during their committee meetings last Tuesday to decide to extend the professional contract rather than struggle to restart an in-house program during the height of mosquito growth.
Originally, Stokes agreed to operate the parish control program for 60 days at a monthly rate of $22,500, using the parish’s chemicals and equipment.
Initially, Juror Alton Stevenson moved to grant CMMI a two- or three-year contract. That motion died for lack of a second, and jurors were on the verge of extending the contract for 30 days, when Stokes revealed that he would require a monthly fee “in the neighborhood of $45,000.” He explained that mosquito populations climb during the summer months, requiring increased amounts of chemicals and spraying time. He also admitted that costs decline during the winter months.
Three jurors, A.J. “Fatty” Broussard, Kermit Richard and John Quebodeaux, tried to back out of the more expensive extended contract, but lost that option in a 4-3 roll call vote.
Along with a 30-day extension, jurors director Secretary-
Treasurer Terry Lacombe to advertise for proposals for a permanent contract.
In other business, jurors agreed to Finance Committee recommendations:
• Hired Melissa Fusilier at a weekly salary of $400 as a full-time employee at the Rice Arena;
• Agreed to sell four trucks and a excavator as surplus equipment; and
• Directed its secretary-treasurer to obtain information from other parishes regarding fees paid for an official journal.
Jurors accepted the Solid Waste Committee recommendations:
• Purchased a new dozer for the landfill at $280,000;
• Signed a landfill permit modification for the re-location of vegetative matter; and
• Signed a contract extension for debris removal services, activated following a tropical storm.
Accepted as recommendations from the Building and Grounds Committee were:
• Authorized the secretary-treasurer and Eby Henry of the Sheriff’s Office to remove jail cells, etc from the old jail facility using inmate labor;
• Entered into a contract with C&J Commercial Cleaning to clean the courthouse at a monthly fee of $6,326.42 with a one -time initial cleaning of $11,995: and
• Directed the secretary-treasurer to negotiate a firm price with Acadian Elevator, Inc. of Lafayette for the installation of a new self-service elevator.
Jurors agreed to meet with the Ward 2 Drainage District at the request of D.A. Mike Harson to solve a drainage problem for property owners on Vicksburg Road.
Jurors also approved supporting the Acadia Parish Children and Youth Services Planning Board.
Jurors approved a resolution to permit Fire Protection District to seek a renewal of a $25 parcel fee and a 5.13 mills property tax with an election on Saturday, July 19, 2008.