Police Jury holds committee meetings
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – The Acadia Parish Police Jury held their committee meetings Tuesday night to discuss a variety of issues including the introduction of skydiving to the LeGros Airport, to hear an update on the proposed access road between La. 13 and La. 1111, and a request by the Acadian Baptist Center for a waiver on how to help the center pass the fire code due to a shortage of water on their property.
The Airport Advisory Committee heard from representatives from Gravity Sports Sky Diving regarding the reintroduction of skydiving classes at LeGros Airport. Apparently there was once a skydiving club at the airport which operated in a way that many disapproved of.
“We are in no way affiliated with the previous group,” said Gravity’s representative Jacque Demoss. “We would be strictly a weekend daylight operation and are certified by the U.S. Parachuting commission.”
In the end, the police jury decided to look into the matter, consider the amount of hangar space available and get back with the company.
The Building and Grounds Committee discussed a couple of options on the cleaning of the Acadia Parish Courthouse’s exterior.
Two companies were present with proposals for the job - Junior Handy Paint Contractor and Exterior Cleaning Services owned by Chris LeBas.
The jury debated on what type of cleaning and possible exterior sealants that could be used.
“In these tough times I think that we should consider the cost of this matter and what exactly needs to be done a little before we sign any contract,” said Juror T.J. Sonnier.
In the end, juror John Quebodeaux suggested that they clean and seal the building as well as getting the specs on exactly what they wanted done before deciding.
Quebodeaux’s motion passed.
The Legislative Committee discussed the matter of the Acadian Baptist Center having problems passing inspection due to a sprinkler system that was installed but has a problem operating due to a water shortage.
Present at the meeting was Louisiana State Fire Marshall Butch Browning who suggested that there was a way to pass inspection without the sprinkler system being fully operational.
“First of all I’d like to say that I am very happy to be here to help out with this matter,” said Browning. “You people aren’t as bad off as you think. Whenever you are plagued with a problem you don’t seem to have a solution for, you just use common sense.”
Browning said that the weakness in the sprinkler could be corrected by what he called “equivalency solutions.”
“By adding fire resistant walls and more exits to the building you will still be able to pass inspection,” he said.
Juror Cade Benoit, whose district the center is in pointed out the building’s importance as a hurricane evacuation center.
“We appreciate you coming down here to work with us,” said Benoit.
Benoit recommended that the jury approve the equivalency plan. The jury agreed.
Jurors were also shown a map during the Road and Bridge Committee’s part of the meeting which showed the proposed access road connecting La. 13 to La. 1111.
Though the road was somewhat far from the interstate for some jurors to understand, they all seemed to agree that the road was necessary, not to mention that it followed the area where the property owners were willing to sell.
The proposed road which has been discussed for some time starts from the west on N. Cherokee Rd. and curves upward to La. 1111 about a mile north of I-10 making access between the two roads much easier.
The next Police Jury meeting has been rescheduled for April 21 after some discussion by members of the jury.