Council tables 3 items at special called meeting


Carolyn Roy | News Editor

It took only 10 minutes for the Parish Council to hold a teleconference meeting Thursday afternoon and table three items concerning spending money. The first one contained three options regarding a dozer being used at the landfill to keep the Parish in compliance with DEW regulations.

The first option was to repair the current dozer to vendor specifications and cancel the month-to-month lease; the second was to buy the dozer and repair it with “aftermarket” parts doing as much as possible with highway personnel; and the third one was to terminate the lease on the existing dozer and buy a new dozer for $147,203.

The State Contract bid was from Louisiana CAT for a Caterpillar D3LGP.

By another unanimous vote, the council tabled a proposal to name Council Secretary Sheryl Fredrick acting planning and zoning director for at least six months with a monthly compensation of not more than $800 per month.

Parish President John Richmond said that although IBTS of Monroe contracted earlier this month to perform building inspections, that company only executes what they are directed to do by the planning and zoning director.

The interim director, David Kees Jr., has performed those duties but will leave for a job in Texas. Richmond said Frederick has experience and he will bring the item up at the next meeting.

The council also tabled the purchase of a security bag scanner for the main entrance to the courthouse. The only item that not tabled was authorizing Richmond to contract with the Kisatchie Community Center for the installation of a controlled, manned garbage bin site on its property on Hwy.118. The center will receive the standard rental feel of $2,000 annually.