Evangeline Parish Police Jury – November 6, 2023
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held their monthly meeting on Monday night. The Christmas Jury meeting has been scheduled for December 12th at 2:00. This will be their all French meeting.
In old business, the Sheriff's department has started acting on the Nuisance Ordinance, and the first batch of citations has been issued.
In committees, public hearings were set for November 18th for the following:
• Adopt the Ordinance for the Acadiana Watershed District
• Constable and JP pay increases
• Oquin Loop – reduce speed limit from 45 mph to 25 mph
• Cabot Road – reduce the speed limit from 25 mph to 15 mph
• Adopt the 2023 Budget Amendments and 2024 Budget Appropriations
• Award bids for Fiscal Year 2024
The Crooked Creek committee discussed the planned bath house. The architect should have plans drawn this month. The plan is also to build the pavilion at the beach and tear down the old mechanic's shed. Once the plans are complete, the project will be submitted for bids. Mr. Kim Ortego updated the Jury on the park operations. Visitors have increased, and they are working with a vendor to create a simple website to include a description and pictures with links for current events and to make reservations.
Cemetery Boards were appointed for 4 year terms for both the Vandenburg Cemetery and the Ferguson Cemetery.
Bridgette Homer with Capital Area Finance Authority asked for a Resolution from the Jury to be adopted to allow CAFA to add a bond option to help reduce interest rates for their clients.
The Public Works Director discussed moving drainage and maintenance crews where needed. He also discussed looking into CDL training.
The Engineer Reported on capital outlays for a chilling system. They should close on the water sector project land next week, and then the project can go to bid.
The Secretary/Treasurer reported that the budget had been distributed. IDB met last week, and there has been significant progress made. They are waiting on the response from the Solar Company to the Board's proposal. Acadian Ambulance is in compliance, as always. There was a discussion about health insurance, and open enrollment is proposed for the week of November 27th. Tax Collections for the month were $387,648.83.
The Jury handled the annual business and other regular business items and approved the budget for 9-1-1. The removal of the speed bump on Henry Cole Lane was approved. And the committee also approved transferring the old Mosquito Spray unit to the City Of Ville Platte.
The next regular meeting will be on Monday, November