Police Jury rejects debris from old Henry school

Tearing down the old Henry Elementary just got a little more expensive because of the decision made by the Police Jury this week.

The Police Jury voted Monday not to accept the material from the old Henry school.

This month, a contractor is expected tear down the old Henry school and haul it off to a landfill in Acadiana.

Last week, contractors walked through the school to determine how many yards of debris the demolished school will have. The contractors called area landfills to get a bid on how much the landfill will charge the contractor per yard to dispose of debris. The contractors submitted a bid to the School Board and the board is expected to award the lowest bid at tonight’s School Board meeting.

The closest landfill to the project is the one in Vermilion Parish, which is about 10 miles from Henry.

Ricky LeBlanc, who runs the parish landfill, informed the Police Jury that contractors were calling him to get a price on what the parish would charge a contractor to dump debris from the old school.

LeBlanc explained to the Police Jury if the jurors voted to accept the material for a certain price, the extra debris would take years off the landfill because it would fill a cell quicker.

Some jurors ask if the contractors do not bring the debris to the parish landfill, where would they take it. LeBlanc said there are landfills near New Iberia that may accept it.

In other Police Jury business on Monday:

• The Jury approved renewing the Vermilion Parish Firemen’s Association 2009 Workers Compensation Insurance with Special Risk Insurance for the amount of $6,731.

• Ricky Luquette was re-appointed to the Library Board.

• The Jury recommended Matthew Trahan negotiate with Special Risk Insurance to lower premiums for coverage of the new fire stations.

• Health Mart was awarded the contract to provide pharmaceutical needs to the parish jail for 2009.

• The Jury wants the parish coroner to use generic brands of drugs whenever prescribing medications for inmates.

• The Jury OKs Henry Volunteer Fire Department to erect a metal storage building on the fire station property, with all costs to be covered by the Henry Fire Station. The fire department will provide insurance for the building.

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