The Vernon Parish Police Jury is exploring options that can likely save the parish some cash when it comes to constructing the new jail facility.

 


The Vernon Parish Police Jury is exploring options that can likely save the parish some cash when it comes to constructing the new jail facility.
The Jury adopted a resolution at its last meeting "providing for necessary development activities required to plan, design and construct a new jail." The resolution also authorizes parish administration and Jury President Jim Tuck to negotiate and execute agreements and agency applications.
If the Jury follows the additional regulations and steps to qualify set forth by the state's Rural Development program, then it could result in a much lower interest rate on the bond proceeds, said Rhonda Plummer, secretary/treasurer of the Jury. 
Vernon Meyer, the project engineer, and Randy Goodlow, the architect for the project, are also assisting in meeting the regulations. The resolution will assist both in bringing the project closer to fruition and with less money spent.
The project is to be paid for through a parish-wide tax renewal that was approved last April. The original millage tax, passed several years ago, funded the building of the Vernon Parish Libary.  In its new form, the millage tax will pay for constructing, improving, equipping and furnishing public buildings, including a Parish Detention Center and administrative offices for the sheriff. The bonds would also provide funds to acquire a mobile library and to match funds to improve the West Louisiana Museum.