Police Jury approves $40,000 bid to redo judge's office

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury approved a redecorating bid of $40,000 for a judge’s office and reduced the salary of the new public works director by $500 a year.

The Police Jury approved the hiring of Cathy Miller Interiors to renovate Judge Ed Broussard’s office in the courthouse.

Miller had the lowest bid of $40,299. Also bidding were H.H. Unlimited Inc ($42,345) and Floors N More ($47,420).

Judge Broussard recently moved into Judge Durwood Conque’s office, who moved into the Byron Hebert’s office. No details were given at Monday night’s Police Jury meeting as to what kind of renovations will be done to Judge Broussard’s office for $40,000.

Last month the Police Jury hired Billy Noegel as the new public works director for the parish. He will replace Herschel David who will be retiring April 24. Noegel’s salary will start on April 24.

The Police Jury agreed to hire Noegel for $70,000 a year. His scale classification, however, would put him making $70,700 a year.

“We don’t have a scale for $70,000 a year?” asked Police Jury Vice President Ron Darby.

The answer was no. Instead, the Jury agreed to assign Noegel to a classification that would pay him $69,500 instead of $70,000 a year. Noegel will be the public works director and the mosquito control director in the parish.

In other Police Jury business:

•Police Juror Nathan Granger is now on the Recycling Committee.

• The Clerk of Court’s Office will utilize the old Hollier Drug Store to house their archives department. Clerk of Court Dianne Broussard is expected to meet with The Sellers Group to draw up a plan for the remodeling of the old Hollier Drug Store.

•The Police Jury approved purchasing two BlackBerry Smart Phones from Nextel for $149 each for Noegel.

• They authorized the district attorney to hire Lori Hulin as a fulltime assistant district attorney and increase her salary by $10,000 a year, using monies from the Criminal Court Fund.

• The Police Jury entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No.-2A to brush cut a public drainage off of Highway 700 in t he area of Simeon Road and Jr. Luquette Road.

• The Police Jury approved lowering the speed limit to 10 miles per hour on Alwood Road.

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