The Vernon Parish Police Jury continues to take steps to make the Vernon Parish 911 office self-sufficient from the city of Leesville's municipal complex, as at Monday's regular meeting, the jury approved to pay roughly $7,000 to rewire a backup generator at the complex.

The Vernon Parish Police Jury continues to take steps to make the Vernon Parish 911 office self-sufficient from the city of Leesville's municipal complex, as at Monday's regular meeting, the jury approved to pay roughly $7,000 to rewire a backup generator at the complex.
Rewiring the generator will allow the generators currently installed at the office to run the entire 911 office. Currently, the generator in question is wired to run both the office and the municipal building.
The 911 office will pay the other half of the $13,986 cost.
"When it (the generator) was put in, it wasn't how we thought it was going to be put in," jury president Jim Tuck (district one) said, also noting that as it currently stood, the office has had "some problems" with the generator.
"It's leaving the office vulnerable," said jury secretary/treasurer Rhonda Plummer.
Jurors also suggested checking with the Vernon Parish Fire District 1 to see if they would help with the cost of rewiring the generator and perhaps split the cost three ways. The jurors noted that, in the past, the jury has helped with costs in repairing radio towers within the parish.
Also at Monday's meeting, Mike Kay (district nine) that officials were planning on closing the gates at Anacoco Lake around Nov. 1. Kay said that there was still a pool of water close near the levy that has not drained, and that a request had been made to the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to "try and do something about that.
"We need to do whatever we can to address all the issues," he said.
The drawdown gates at Anacoco Lake have been open since the beginning of the year to renovate the lake bottom and improve the quality of the water in the lake.