Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting
May 2, 2022
After months of negotiations and various attempts to raise additional funding, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday approved by a unanimous vote to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Evangeline Parish Law Enforcement District to construct a new parish jail at the Industrial park.
The new jail will be funded through a 30-40 year bond. The sheriff through the law enforcement district will own and operate the new jail. Once the bond is paid off, the jury will have the option to lease the jail back from the district. Jury President Bryan Vidrine called this long term agreement "very good for Evangeline Parish citizens".
The agreement calls for the sheriff to take over the cost of housing pre trial prisoners in out of parish prisons. The agreement calls for the sheriff, once the new jail is constructed, to house all parish prisoners and if there is any room, the new jail can house state Department of Corrections prisoners.
The police jury will contribute $300,000 a year to the sheriff to help pay expenses. Also the parish will pay $2.5 million dollars to upgrade the sewerage and water service at the Industrial Park to connect to the new parish jail.
Sheriff Guillory thanked every member of the jury for their vote of support on this measure. "This vote will save the parish a lot of money. We need a new jail", the sheriff remarked. His plans include adding a building that will house programs for inmates including a GED program, a ministry, substance abuse, anger management and a work release program.
Several jurors personally thanked the sheriff including Ryan Ardoin and Lelia Thrasher. Ardoin said "We commend you on a job well done."
In other action the police jury:
--approved calling an election on the Nov. 8 ballot for the renewal of a millage tax for Evangeline Parish Water District #1;
--received news from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that sales tax collections in March took in a record amount of taxes: some $747,905;
--reminded residents to attend the National Day of Prayer program Thursday May 5 at 12 noon at the Hundredfold Coffee Shop in Ville Platte