The Evangeline Parish Police Jury
April 13, 2015
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held its monthly meeting tonight in the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. Keith Fontenot, Tina Guillory and Todd Fontenot with the LSU AG Center addressed the Jury and told of various services the AG Center provides for our area and neighboring parishes, including educational programs regarding production practices and Master programs such as Farmer and Logger programs. Ms. Guillory stated the focus for the 4-H Nutrition and Health Programs has been etiquette and manners, including cell phone etiquette, cyber safety, making a commitment and following through, cheating versus honesty and dressing appropriately for occasions. Todd Fontenot spoke regarding the Live Stock Program, Cattlemen’s Show and the success they are having with the shooting program. They thanked the Jury for use of the buildings used for their programs and for helping with other assistance.
The Police Jury unanimously voted to adopt the 2015 Amendments to the Budget, which will include $19,000.00 requested by Judge Chuck West to make improvements to both district courtrooms, including wiring for the sound system, etc.
Philip Lemoine addressed the Jury regarding various insurance changes, issues with certain coverages, savings possibilities and persons covered. He reported that The Affordable Care Act continues to be a thorn and he continues to receive “New Rules” regarding the program.
Kenneth Johnson with Crooked Creek reported to the Jury that there have been problems with campers keeping loud music playing late into the night. The Jury approved changing the rule to having a cut-off time of 10:00 p.m. sharp. They reiterated that the rule will be enforced. There will also be changes coming as to “Golf Cart Passes”. It was reported that people try to “sneak in” golf carts and until a new program is established, they will be handing out golf cart tags at the front gate that must be on your golf cart showing when you checked in, what spot you are camping in, and when you are departing.
Public Works Director, Chester Granger, advised the Jury of two bridges that are in need of serious…on Stage Coach Road and 4 Mile Road. They Jury approved Mr. Granger hiring a new crew for Chip & Seal that will begin at the South end of the parish. He advised if you are interested in applying for any positions, please go to Acadiana Works and apply.
Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, reported that the 2% Sales Tax collected for February was $198,544.00 and that is down $18,000.00 from this time last year.