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THE LINCOLN Parish Police Jury

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THE LINCOLN Parish Police Jury met in regular session on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at its regular meeting place in the Courthouse, Ruston, Louisiana. Present were: Theresa Wyatt, District One; Hazel D. Hunter, District Two; Bobby Bennett, District Three; Randy Roberson, District Four; David Hammons, District Five; Walter Pullen, District Six; Jody Backus; District Seven; R. G. “Skip” Russell, District Eight; Joe Henderson, District Nine; Nancy Wilson, District Ten; Sharyon Mayfield, District Eleven; and Ronny Walker, District Twelve.
Absent: None
Theresa Wyatt called the meeting to order and Randy Roberson delivered the invocation. David Hammons offered a motion, seconded by Ronny Walker, to approve the Agenda. There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Sharyon Mayfield offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2012 meeting. There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Ronny Walker offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to approve correction to the minutes of the August 9, 2011 Police Jury meeting to reflect action on bids for the Mt. Olive Waterwell Project. There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Joe Henderson offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter to authorize a resolution adopting grievance procedures for the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Program.
RESOLUTION 2012-12
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE BY LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
WHEREAS, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has been afforded the opportunity to participate in the State of Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administered by the Division of Administration; and, WHEREAS, the CDBG Program requires that all grant recipients adopt by resolution an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by the regulation of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 24 CFR Part 8, implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Public Law 93-112); and WHEREAS, Section 504 states, in part: No otherwise qualified handicapped individual … shall, solely by reason of his handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury hereby adopts a grievance procedure.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED THIS 10 day of April, 2012.
/s/ Theresa Wyatt
Theresa M. Wyatt
President
There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Hazel Hunter offered a motion, seconded by Sharyon Mayfield, to authorize a resolution adopting the policy statement for communicating information to persons with sensory impairments for the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Program.
RESOLUTION 2012-13
POLICY STATEMENT FOR COMMUNICATING INFORMATION TO PERSONS WITH SENSORY IMPAIRMENTS BY LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY
WHEREAS, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has been afforded the opportunity to participate in the State of Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administered by the Division of Administration; and, WHEREAS, the CDBG Program requires that all grant recipients adopt by resolution a policy for communicating information to persons with hearing impairments; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury hereby adopts a “Policy Statement For Communicating Information to Persons With Sensory Impairments.” BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury hereby adopts a policy to utilize the Louisiana Hearing Impaired Relay System for communicating with hearing impaired persons. The relay numbers are: Information 1-800-333-0605, TDD Users 1-800-846-5277 and Voice Users 1-800-947-5277.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED THIS 10th day of April, 2012.
/s/ Theresa Wyatt Theresa M. Wyatt
President
There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Bobby Bennett offered a motion, seconded by Randy Roberson, to adopt a resolution authorizing the President to execute contracts for the Local Road Safety Program for Dick's Store Road and Mondy Road Intersection.
Resolution 2012-14
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury convened in Regular Session this 10th day of April, 2012 does hereby authorize the President Theresa Wyatt, to sign all documents in association with Mondy Road and Dick's Store Road Safety Improvement Project. I, Courtney Hall, Parish Administrator, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of a Resolution adopted by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session on the 10th day of April, 2012 at which meeting a quorum was present. And this resolution was declared adopted on this, the 10th day of April, 2012.
/s/ Courtney Hall
Courtney Hall
Parish Administrator
There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Next on the Agenda was to consider a Resolution opposing the reduction of Civil Jury trial threshold amounts. Legal Counsel Jeff Robinson explained the negative consequences of allowing a reduction of the current threshold of $50,000.00. Following discussion, Sharyon Mayfield offered a motion, seconded by Hazel Hunter, to adopt a resolution opposing legislation regarding the reduction of Civil Jury threshold amounts and to forward said resolution to the Lincoln Parish Legislative Delegation.
RESOLUTION 2012-15
WHEREAS, House Bill 351 reduces the threshold for seeking a civil jury trial from its present limit of FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($50,000.00) to FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00); WHEREAS, House Bill 461 provides that if a city court lies within a judicial district, the threshold for seeking a civil jury trial shall be the maximum amount of the civil jurisdiction of the city court; WHEREAS, House Bill 437 provides that if a defendant requests a civil jury trial and the plaintiff later stipulates to damages amounting to less than FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($50,000.00) the defendant may still demand a jury trial; WHEREAS, House Bill 417 would increase the threshold for seeking a civil jury trial from FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($50,000.00) to the same amount as that in the Federal District Courts, which amount is currently SEVENTY- FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($75,000.00); WHEREAS, reducing the threshold for seeking a civil jury trial would increase the number of civil jury trials in each judicial district; WHEREAS, more civil jury trials would place additional strain on already overcrowded dockets, further slowing the pace of resolving disputes; WHEREAS, many judicial districts, including the Third Judicial District, do not have the staff necessary to accommodate additional civil jury trials; AND WHEREAS, the Lincoln Parish Courthouse does not have sufficient courtroom and deliberative space to handle more civil jury trials, nor does it have the financial resources to construct or provide for additional courtrooms. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury hereby publicly expresses its opposition to House Bills, 351, 461 and 437, and has no opposition to House Bill 417. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to our Legislative Delegation, namely: Honorable Richard “Rick” Gallot, Jr., Honorable Robert W. Kostelka, Honorable Mike Walsworth, Honorable Robert E. Shadoin, Honorable Patrick O. Jefferson who tirelessly represent the citizens of the State of Louisiana and Lincoln Parish. MOTION WAS MADE TO ADOPT the above and foregoing Resolution on the 10th day of April, 2012 by Sharyon Mayfield; seconded by Hazel Hunter, which Resolution was thereafter passed unanimously by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.
/s/ Courtney Hall /s/ Theresa Wyatt Courtney Hall Theresa Wyatt
Parish Administrator Parish President
There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Next on the Agenda was to consider opposing legislation regarding the setting of Building Permit Inspection Fees by the Louisiana Uniform Construction Code Council. Following comments and discussion, David Hammons, offered a motion, seconded by Bobby Bennett, to adopt a resolution opposing legislation regarding building permit inspection fees and to forward said Resolution to the Lincoln Parish Legislative Delegation.
RESOLUTION NO. 2012-16
WHEREAS, Act No. 335 of the 2007 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the “Act”) required the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council to adopt the latest edition of the International Residential Code, (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the “Code”), together with certain appendices; WHEREAS, the Act placed the burden of enforcing the Code upon the various municipalities and parishes of the state through the building code enforcement officers or certified third-party providers; WHEREAS, the Act also provided that the enforcement procedures used by said building code enforcement officers or certified third-party providers shall include examination or review of plans, drawings or specifications, the conducting of inspections, and the issuance, denial or revocation of permits; WHEREAS, the passage of the Act represented yet another “unfunded mandate” upon municipalities and parish governing authorities by the State of Louisiana; WHEREAS, this “unfunded mandate” continues to this date as the State of Louisiana has yet to provide funding to municipalities and parish governing authorities for the costs and expenses which they have incurred in the enforcement of the Act; WHEREAS, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has tried several methods of enforcing the Act, including the use of a third-party provider system and an open market system where any certified building official could perform reviews and inspections; WHEREAS, each of those methods yielded unfavorable results, such as lengthy delays in providing inspection reports, billings for inspections not performed, incomplete plan reviews, beginning inspections prior to procuring permits, and inconsistent code enforcement; WHEREAS, these problems created serious issues for homeowners seeking funding from mortgage lenders who require complete, timely and well documented plan reviews and inspections; WHEREAS, in order to insure proper code enforcement and complete, timely and well documented plan reviews and inspections, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury contracted with a certified building inspector to perform plan reviews and inspections and insure proper code enforcement and established a schedule of prices to be charged for all such services; WHEREAS, since the Lincoln Parish Police Jury contracted with a certified building inspector to perform plan reviews and inspections and insure proper code enforcement it has received complete, timely and well documented plan reviews and inspections, experienced consistent and uniform code enforcement and experienced few, if any, issues from the various financial institutions providing homeowners with mortgage lending services; WHEREAS, the current schedule of prices which can be charged for plan reviews and inspections and code enforcement is reasonable and necessary for proper enforcement of the code, even though such prices do not yield sufficient revenue to cover the costs and expense incurred by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury in the enforcement of the Code; and WHEREAS, House Bill No. 776 of the 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, if enacted into law, would provide that the maximum fees applicable to the enforcement of the Code, including plan review and inspections, shall be established by the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council, rather than the municipality or parish governing authority responsible for the enforcement of the Code. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Opposes House Bill No. 776 of the 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature or any similar attempt to require that the maximum fees applicable to the enforcement of the Code, including plan review and inspections be established by the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council rather than the municipality or parish governing authority responsible for the enforcement of the Code. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to our Legislative Delegation, namely: Honorable Richard “Rick” Gallot, Jr., Honorable Robert W. Kostelka, Honorable Mike Walsworth, Honorable Robert E. Shadoin, Honorable Patrick O. Jefferson who tirelessly represent the citizens of the State of Louisiana and Lincoln Parish. MOTION WAS MADE TO ADOPT the above and foregoing Resolution on the 10th day of April, 2012 by David Hammons; seconded by Bobby Benett, which Resolution was thereafter passed unanimously by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.
/s/ Courtney Hall /s/ Theresa Wyatt
Courtney Hall Theresa Wyatt
Parish Administrator Parish President
There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Joe Henderson offered a motion, seconded by Ronny Walker to adopt a Proclamation declaring April 2012 as Fair Housing Month.
PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS, the 44th Anniversary of the National Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, during the month of April, is an occasion for all Americans -individually and collectively - to rededicate themselves to the principle of freedom from housing discrimination whenever it exists. Whereas, this law guarantees for each citizen that critical, personal element of freedom of choice - selection of the home; and WHEREAS, a fair housing law has been passed by the state of Louisiana, and implementation of that law requires the positive commitment, involvement and support of each of our citizens; and WHEREAS, the department and agencies of the State of Louisiana are to provide leadership in the effort to make fair housing not just an idea, but an ideal for all our citizens; and WHEREAS, barriers that diminish the rights and limit the options of any citizen will ultimately diminish the rights and limit the options of all. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury convened in regular session this 10th day of April 2012 does hereby and herewith proclaim April 2012, as FAIR HOUSING MONTH in the parish of Lincoln and encourages all citizens to abide by the letter and spirit of the Fair Housing Law, and ask the citizens of this parish to join in reaffirming the obligation and commitment to fair housing opportunities for all. I, Courtney Hall, Parish Administrator, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of a Resolution adopted by the Police Jury of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, convened in regular session on the 10th day of April, 2012, at which meeting a quorum was present. GIVEN UNDER MY OFFICIAL Signature and Seal of Office this 10th of April, 2012.
/s/ Courtney Hall COURTNEY HALL
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Next on the Agenda was to take action on bids for various items. Ronny Walker offered a motion, seconded by Randy Roberson, to accept the low bid of Smith Diversified Sales, Inc for tank cars in the amount of $41,100.00.
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY BID TABULATION SHEET April 4, 2012 Item 1: Tank Cars, 10' x 60', 3 Each

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There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Next on the Agenda was to accept bids for a two ton dump truck. The Jurors were informed that the low bidder Scott Truck, LLC had withdrawn their bid according to procedure allowed by law. Joe Henderson offered a motion, seconded by Ronny Walker to accept the lowest qualified bid of Cooper Truck Center in the amount of $82,400.00 for a two ton dump truck.
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY BID TABULATION SHEET April 4, 2012 Item 2: Two Ton Dump Truck

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There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Ronny Walker offered a motion, seconded by Randy Roberson, to accept the low bid of Asphalt Products Unlimited, Inc. for MC-30 in the amount of $4.145 per gallon and the low bid of Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Inc. for CRS-2 in the amount of $2.20 per gallon.
LINCOLN PARISH POLICE JURY BID TABULATION SHEET April 4, 2012 Item 3: Asphalt Materials

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There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Walter Pullen stated that the Solid Waste Committee met at 6:00 pm this day and the Committee recommends:
1. Accepting the low proposal of Crochet Equipment Company, Inc. and allowing Administration to negotiate a preliminary contract with a 5 year and 10 year pricing structure and to bring the contract back to the Committee at next month's meeting.
Following discussion and comments, Skip Russell offered a motion, seconded by Ronny Walker, to approve the minutes of the Solid Waste Committee. There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: Bennett and Roberson
Absent: None
Abstained: Hammons
Jody Backus stated that the Finance Committee met at 6:30 pm this day to review the Revenue and Expenditure Report for the first quarter of 2012 and that no actions were taken. Hazel Hunter offered a motion, seconded by Randy Roberson to approve the minutes of the Finance Committee. There being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Bennett, Roberson, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: None
Absent: None
Hazel Hunter offered a motion, seconded by Joe Henderson, to authorize travel to the NACO Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 13-17, 2012. Following discussion and comments in connection with this matter and there being no public comment on the matter the motion was voted upon and carried with the following votes:
Yeas: Wyatt, Hunter, Hammons, Pullen, Backus, Russell, Henderson, Wilson, Mayfield, and Walker
Nays: Bennett and Roberson
Absent: None
Under reports, Ronny Walker stated that the Lincoln Parish Library had been recognized number one in the state and that Jeremy Bolom, Assistant Librarian, had been recognized as Librarian of the Year. Hazel Hunter reported that the Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful Great American Cleanup was a success, as was the Junior Auxiliary Dinner and A Movie event at the Lincoln Parish Park on March 23, 2012. Courtney Hall introduced Jerry Doss as the new Highway Superintendent and Grady Dies as the Assistant Highway Superintendent. Rick Holt stated that there would be a Sparta Commission meeting on April 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Union Parish Courthouse. Scott Terry with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce announced that there would be a Ribbon Cutting for Legacy Park on May 22, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Park. Joe Henderson commented that he would like for future voting on agenda items to include a show of hands in order to assist in an accurate vote count. There being no other business to come before the Jury, the meeting was adjourned.
Courtney Hall Theresa Wyatt
Parish Administrator President
1td: May 20, 2012

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