Hornbeck is joining other jurisdictions in seeking a change to water level management rules at Toledo Bend Reservoir.

The Town Council on Monday night urged the Vernon Parish Police Jury to support a resolution seeking such a change. 

That resolution originated last month with the Beauregard Parish Police Jury. The Vernon jury is expected to consider it at its November meeting.

Beauregard jurors want the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana and Texas have the authority to discharge water in the face of oncoming extraordinary rain events. 

In March 2016 they were unable to do so because of current rules and when the lake reached a level that allowed gates to open, an overwhelming discharge rushed downstream.

In August of this year, as Hurricane Harvey dumped several feet of water on South Texas and headed inland, the reservoir rules again prohibited precautionary discharge ahead of heavy rains in the Toledo watershed.

In both cases, major private and public property damage occurred.

“The resolution asks both states’ authorities to change the protocol for discharge. You would think a little common sense could be applied,” said Mayor Clarence Beebe.

He told the council that a better way to manage the lake level in advance of oncoming weather is the objective of the resolution.

In other action, the council introduced a resolution establishing city policies and procedures. The proposed ordinance is at the suggestion of the Legislative Auditor’s Office, which is requiring local governments across the state to add such rules to their municipal codes.

“Established rules and procedures create more security among accounts. For the most part, they formalize what is being done,” Beebe said. He and Town Clerk Cara McDaniel attended a recent meeting at which the auditor’s staff reviewed recommended policies and procedures with representatives of local governments statewide.

The ordinance will be the subject of a pubic hearing at a special meeting on Dec. 4 at 5:45 p.m., preceding the council’s regular meeting at 6 p.m.