At the March regular meeting of the Vernon Parish Police Jury district representatives heard several committee reports and made motions to conduct work throughout the parish.

They also scheduled a public hearing regarding a road name change.

Jury member Curtis Clay presented the finance committee report to the police jury.

The committee received three bids to remove and dispose of tables and fixtures in bullpen one and two at the old jail.

The committee recommended awarding the bid to GMT Services, LLC (Classic Locksmith) for $2,530.

The committee reviewed bids received to replace the front doors of the new courthouse.

The committee recommended awarding the bid to Master Craft Construction for $3,000.

The police jury was informed that when Mechanical Cooling Systems replaced the chiller at the old jail some additional expenses were incurred for the replacement of the breaker in the amount of $2,980, the coupler in the amount of $500 and they are waiting on the invoice to replace the regulator.

One invoice was received by the finance committee after the March 11 meeting for the Fort Polk Growth Management Infrastructure Improvements Project - Parkway (MA Project No. H1-12022) for Williams Equipment Services, LLC for $378,208.91.

This invoice is to be paid from the Capital Outlay grant.

Clay made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Bo Cryer.

The personnel committee report was presented by Jerry Blair.

The committee recommends the police jury approve a request to allow the road crew off on Thursday, April 18 and all other employees off two hours early on Thursday, April 18 in observance of the Good Friday holiday on April 19.

The committee received notice after the March 11 meeting that pursuant to Act 270 of 2018, effective January 1, 2019 all elected officials, public servants and public employees are required to take annual Sexual Harassment Training.

It was requested that the police jury update the Harassment Policy to ensure compliance with Act 270 of 2018.

Blair made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Reggie Johnson.

Reggie Johnson read the Road Maintenance and Construction Committee report for the police jury.

The committee recommends the police jury approve a request from the Vernon Parish School Board to fill in a hole in the road behind Vernon Middle School and to deliver and spread 160 tons of crushed concrete to Anacoco High School.

The committee also recommended to perform the work requested by the Village of Anacoco in February and March. The work includes maintenance on all streets, including bush hogging, wing (boom) mowing ditches, ditch cleaning and pothole repairs.

The Village of Anacoco also asked for the police jury to remove a dead tree and clean culverts on West Street, and install culverts on the corner of Anacoco Street and Lula Street.

The committee recommended the police jury approve a right-of-way request received from Dennis McFatter for 457 Jodie Williams Road to clean drains and ditches that are impacting the parish right-of-way.

The following requests were received by the committee after the March 11 meeting.

The Vernon Parish School Board submitted a request to maintain the bus turnaround at 440 Gus Brown Road.

The Town of Rosepine also submitted a request for the police jury to perform monthly maintenance on the street inside the town limits with boom mowing, pothole repairs and ditching.

The Vernon Parish Health Unit submitted a request to bury a dead horse at 312 Chasemore Road.

A right-of-entry request was submitted for 133 Stacey Drive to clear the ditches and drives that are impacting the parigh right-of-way.

Johnson made the motion to accept the committee report, seconded by Blair.

A motion was submitted to adopt a proclamation declaring April 22-26 as National Community Development Week in Vernon Parish. Marvin Hilton made the motion, seconded by David Fox.

A motion was made to adopt a proclamation declaring April 2019 as Fair Housing Month in Vernon Parish. Blair made the motion, Clay seconded.

A motion was made to adopt a resolution authorizing the police jury to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Leesville to provide assistance to the city in demolition of buildings and removing debris. Clay made the motion, seconded by Cryer.

A motion was made to approve Collins and Null Appraisals, Inc. as the most qualified respondent for appraisals for the Flood Acquisitions Project (FEMA-4263-DR-LA). Fox made the motion, seconded by Hilton.

A motion for name change was made to change the name of Brown Hunt Road to Merchant Reese Road. A public hearing on this matter will be held April 15 before the regular meeting at 10AM.