Police Jury discusses finances
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – The Acadia Parish Police Jury Finance Committee met Tuesday evening to discuss raises for employees for several parish agencies and also to discuss a dispute between parish officials and the trash collecting company IESI.
When it came to the raises, suffice it to say that everybody came out happy.
Judge Kristian Earles approached the Police Jury about raises for his secretarial staff that would bring them up to a maximum $45,406.40 per year.
“After looking into it we found that our secretaries weren’t paid at the same level as the others in the 15th District,” said Earles.
The Police Jury approved Earles request for the raises.
Next up Fritz Welter made a similar request that the District Attorney’s staff receive an across the board five percent pay increase.
“Over the last seven to eight years these people have seen their workload increase and they’ve never complained,” he said.
The Jury also approved the request from the District Attorney’s office.
“It looks like I picked a good night to be here,” joked Acadia Parish Coroner Dr. Mark Dawson to the laughter of those in attendance.
Dr. Dawson sought and was approved a five percent raise for himself and his two assistants, Alan Breaux and Monte Briggs.
“We just want you to know how happy we are with the job you do for our parish,” said Juror T.J. Sonnier.
Next up for discussion was a raise for Police Jury Secretary and Treasurer Terry LaCombe. His raise was approved.
“Terry has done an outstanding job for us and should be rewarded,” said Juror John Quebodeaux.
City Engineer Tim Mader then opened up a discussion for the solid waste committee.
Apparently there have been some major discrepancies between what the parish has expected from IESI, the company which took over the garbage pick up last March, and some parish officials.
Mader passed out a short summary of an analysis of complaints from residents of Acadia Parish. The two major issues were missed pick ups by IESI and requests for new carts from parish residents.
Mader said that under the present contract between the missed pick ups and the failure to supply new carts it could be calculated that IESI has $1,986,000 in liquidated damages compensation.
IESI spokesman David Clabo disputed Mader’s comments stating that thefts and locations of certain residents contributed to the problem.
“IESI has taken the position that they have delivered 24,550 trash bins,” responded Mader. “How can you do this without a recent house count?”
Nearly every juror agreed that a house count was necessary.
Clabo stated that he was in the process of the home count and was nearly half way there.
“I find it hard to believe that with today’s technology we can’t do this quicker,” responded Juror John Quebodeaux.
An obviously annoyed A.J. “Fatty” Broussard asked “Why has it taken us a year to have this discussion?”
In the end the Police Jury decided that a meeting should take place between IESI, Mader, and Police Jury Secretary Terry Lacombe so that the issue could possibly be resolved by February’s meeting.