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Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting June 6, 2022 The Evangeline Parish Police Jury tonight (Monday) in a committee meeting heard from its building inspector and electrical contractors needing guidance and policy on temporary permit applications. The parish building inspector's main concern is safety. A number of property owners are requesting 200 amp electrical service for smaller projects such as electric fencing and wells when all they need a smaller 100 amp service . However, the jury does not have a policy or ordinance to deal with these issues. Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron confirmed there is no ordinance on the books on regulating these projects. Jury President Bryan Vidrine said "Right now we are in limbo until we adopt some type of ordinance". The police jury has called a public hearing for 4:00pm to get public comment on a proposed ordinance. Also, the police jury has gotten complaints from at least one resident in the St. Landry community against the proposed installation of a new 5-G cell tower adjacent to his property. The home owner complained how the tower will impact the value of his property and concerns about the health effects of 5-G service. The jury voted to table discussion on the issue. Also in the executive committee, the police jury called a public hearing to get public comment on the proposed merger of the Lone Pine Fire District with the Ward Five Fire District. The hearing is planned for 4;30pm July 11. In other action the police jury: --approved moving the Lake Cove voting precinct from Berl Clark's store where it has been for the past 40 years and moving it to the Lake Cove Baptist Church in time for the Fall elections; --voted to call a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to regulate solar power farms in the parish. It was learned that at least two companies are interested in starting farms In Evangeline Parish; --received news from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that the 2 percent sales tax revenues brought in $336,060 for the month of May, down slightly from this time last year but still 19 percent higher year to date.

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