The Vernon Parish Police Jury adopted resolutions at its monthly meeting on Monday, July 20, in regards to both millage rates for the year 2015 and the levying of a sales and use tax approved by voters last December.

The Vernon Parish Police Jury adopted resolutions at its monthly meeting on Monday, July 20, in regards to both millage rates for the year 2015 and the levying of a sales and use tax approved by voters last December.

The panel entered into a public hearing for both of these issues, but there was no comment from the public in either.

After returning to regular session, the police jury, through a roll call vote, unanimously approved both the millage rates for 2015 and the 1 percent and 1/2 percent sales and use taxes beginning on April 1, 2016.

The police jury entered into a third public hearing period as they asked for input in amending a section of the Vernon Parish Code of Ordinances. The specific section that needed amending was Section 13:31 as the panel requested the speed limit on Austin Road in District 3, Ward 3 be reduced to 15 miles per hour.

After no comment, the panel entered back into regular session and unanimously adopted the ordinance to amend the speed limit.

The police jury will be holding public hearings at its next meeting on Aug. 17, where they will ask for input in reducing speed limits on several roads in the parish, including Mary Hunt Road, Belview Road, Lake Vernon Road and Garrett Jeane Road.

During the meeting, the police jury agreed to enter into a pair of intergovernmental agreements with the City of Leesville. The jury has agreed to not only haul dirt to Liberty Gardens, but also to dig and clean out ditches behind the middle school and on Colony Park and Pine Road.

Early on in the meeting, District 7 representative Charnel Bailey honored Rosepine Elementary’s Carolyn Bosley on being named the 2016 Overall Principal of the Year for the state of Louisiana.

In other news, the police jury:

— adopted a resolution accepting Liberty Creek Extension in District 11, Ward 1, into the parish road maintenance system,

— approved a request from the parish equipment committee to sell several items at an auction on July 25, including a John Deere 490D excavator, a 1984 Mack Dump Truck and a 1995 Komatsu PC900LC-5 excavator, and

— authorized a request from the permit and claims committee to approve a liquor license from Stephens Country Store, located on 18105 La. 8, also known as the Texas Highway.