Police Jury secretary-treasurer given more authority
By Paul Kedinger
CROWLEY – The Acadia Parish Police Jury stepped further back from the day-to-day operations of parish government Tuesday night by strengthening the duties of the Jury Secretary-Treasurer as formulated by a committee last week.
Using a job description from Calcasieu Parish as a starting point, the jurors increased the secretary-treasurer’s authority to coordinate all the parish departments, including hiring and firing and authorizing purchases up to $25,000. The position will involve responsibility for directing and supervising the work of professional, technical and clerical personnel engaged in all activities of the Police Jury system.
In other action, jurors received an activity report from Glenn Stokes, operator of Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc. (MCCI) since his firm assume control of the parish’s mosquito control program last Wednesday.
MCCI has been contracted to provide mosquito control for a six-month trial period, following the resignation of the mosquito control director and assistant director.
Stoke told jurors eight parish residents have been hired and that the firm is operating on seven-day basis. All employees will be issued uniforms.
He also mentioned spraying equipment has been re- calibrated and that he has increased the speed of the spraying trucks from 10 to 15 mph, doubling the space that can be covered.
“Operations are up to speed,” Stokes emphasized.
He promised jurors he would be providing weekly and monthly reports and noted that Acadia Parish has been added to MCCI’s website.
Jurors gave their support to a bill by Rep. Jack Montoucet which will direct funds from the state enterprise fund directly to the Tourist Commission instead of to the Police Jury which forwards the funds to the parish commission. The move will abolish one of the auditing charges.
Jurors also appointed Fran Bihm and Charlotte R. Jeffers as members-at-large on the Tourist Commission.
Jurors accepted three recommendations from the Building and Grounds Committee: to pay $64,000 to replace one of the Courthouse’s chiller units; to pay $2,306 to labor and material to recover the Courthouse awning; and to authorize Russell Tucker to paint the Courthouse flagpole.
Work hours at the three maintenance barns will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p. m. by reducing the lunch break to a half hour.
A public hearing will the scheduled regarding the closing of railroad crossings in District No. 3.
Jurors adopted a resolution to the State Legislature to raise the severance tax base from $850,000 to $2,850,000 for the disbursement of severance tax revenues for oil and gas to the parishes.
Jurors agreed to give Carla Cormier a two-year contract as a grant writer, with the stipulation the jury staff will no longer write grants.
In other business, jurors approved numerous appointments, as follows:
• Evelyn West appointed to Plan Commission fill the unexpired term of Romel Charles;
• Philip Meyers was appointed to the Rice Arena Committee; and
• John Stanford was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Douglas M. Cormeir on the board of Fire Protection District No. 6.