New health unit in works
By Shantelle Breaux
CROWLEY – A new parish health unit is being proposed for Crowley, and the Acadia Parish Police Jury voted to advertise for the hiring of an engineer and architect to supervise the construction on the project at a recent meeting.
A 10-year, parishwide property tax millage which was renewed last month will provide the funding for the project, according to jury Secretary Terry Lacombe.
About $500,000 annually will be provided by the millage to cover the operation of the health unit and the costs of the project, stated Lacombe.
The jury decided that it’s time to dump what has been, according to Police Jury President Jay Credeur, a pricey and possible liability. At a recent meeting, the jury approved a motion to sell it’s mosquito control airplane.
When Acadia Parish purchased the plane from Jefferson Davis Parish in 2004, the single-engine plane cost around $60,000, according to Credeur.
A new engine costing $35,000 was put on the plane, and other expenses were incurred to repair spraying pumps, he said.
When Acadia Parish purchased the plane from Jefferson Davis Parish, the plane was being used for mosquito spraying. However, a new engine was needed for the plane after only eight hours in the air in Acadia.
The plane will be sold in it’s present condition, according to Police Jury member Felton Moreau, and, prior to purchase, potential buyers will not be allowed to fly the plane.
“We don’t want Snoopy in the air and then have something happen,” Moreau said.
A proposal from the firm of Frye-Magee, LLC to serve as the administrative consultant for the disaster recovery application/implementation funding for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike was accepted by the jury. A proposal was also submitted by Hagerty Consulting, Inc., but the company received a low administrative services rating number of 59.50, as compared to Frye-Magee’s number of 90.