At its regular session meeting on Monday, September 18, at 10 a.m., the Vernon Parish Police Jury accepted and certified the property tax assessment from the Vernon Parish Tax Assessor for 2022. The vote to do so was unanimous. Jurors remarked there were no appeals received on assessments, and this was the first time in a while that had happened.
Police Jurors entertained two motions to amend the current Solid Waste Intergovernmental Support Agreement with Ft. Johnson, to include service of the Army’s Toledo Bend Recreation Center.
The Police Jury gave their approval on the Industrial Tax Exemption for Koppers Utility and Industrial Products, Inc. A motion to authorize payment of all invoices approved by the Finance Committee was unanimously approved.
The Capital Projects Committee received quotes on air conditioning units for new restrooms at the rodeo arena. Walters Sheet Metal submitted the low bid, which was recommended by Committee Chair David Fox and accepted by Jurors.
The Finance Committee recommended paying invoices for soil cement and lime conditioning from Merrick LLC totaling $269,117. Invoices from R.C. Paving for asphalt and grinding adding up to $297,606 were also approved to be paid.
Jurors followed the recommendation of the Permit & Claims Committee to issue liquor licenses for low and high alcohol content beverages to Dollar General Stores at 19718 Lake Charles Highway and 797 Alexandria Highway. The stores met all local and state requirements.
In other business, the Jurors approved the Road Maintenance and Construction Committee’s request and passed resolutions to perform routine monthly maintenance in the Town of Rosepine and the Village of Simpson.
Pickering High School requested the Vernon Parish Police Jury build a new entrance off Lebleu Road into the parking lot for buses. The project would cost approximately $3,800 and must first be approved by the Vernon Parish School Board. The Jury is also installing a culvert behind the Head Start office in Leesville.
The Jury will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 10, at 10 a.m. to hear public input on a proposed ordinance to amend the Vernon Parish Code of Ordinances to reduce the speed limit on Conover Martin Loop (District 6/Ward 2) to 15 mph in its entirety.