Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for April 24-25, 2021

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Well, we have an interim president at Northwestern State. The announcement of Marcus Jones came Thursday. Jones has close ties to the Natchitoches community, NSU and Louisiana Board of Supervisors President Dr. Jim Henderson. His credentials are A+. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s full time or just holds the interim seat. JT is speculating he’ll be the one.

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JT couldn’t help but crack a smile when he saw big swatches of green pollen lying atop Cane River the other day. The recent rains and high winds have kept the pollen circulating and playing havoc with those of us who have seasonal allergies. Thank goodness Cane River and Sibley Lake have helped to cushion the blow (no pun intended).

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Looking over the state’s plan for spending $216 million in federal highway dollars, JT noticed we had one project. The project was listed as “preservation.” It’s a $5 million allocation for embankment slide repairs along LA 119. That’s the road that runs from Shell Beach south along Cane River. They didn’t say how many miles of embankment repair would be done. It’s about 14 miles from Shell Beach to Cypress. (For you youngsters, Shell Beach is where us “Seasoned Citizens” used to party and jump off the iron bridge near Oakland Plantation.)

Anyway, it got JT to wondering if the Cane River Waterway Commission is chipping in on this project. He heard they were helping rebuild a road to a subdivision off Fish Hatchery Road. Makes sense they could do the same here. Of all the pubic bodies, they seem to have the deepest pockets.

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Thinking out loud…which is not always a good idea for JT. BUT, he saw in the weekend paper where the Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement District) is considering adjusting their millage rates to take in another $130,580. At first he thought it had something to do with the employee who was terminated for not following policy?

However, he heard restitution had been made. It would be nice to know why they needed the extra money. That’s one of the problems with our millage system. The public body can do it and doesn’t have to justify it to the public. There are some that have opted to collect the same revenue and not take the increase. To those we say thank you.

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