On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, the Bienville Parish Police Jury held its regular monthly meeting. Among the items discussed in the meeting, Brad Dison made a presentation explaining the need for a State Historical Marker for Driskill Mountain, the highest point in Louisiana.
Dison said, “When visitors arrive [at Driskill Mountain], they are greeted by a weather-worn sign which only reads ‘Driskill Mountain, Elevation 535 feet.’ I think we’re missing an opportunity to share a lot more about Bienville Parish and what sets it apart from any other place in the state. A State Historical Marker has more legitimacy than one NOT mandated by the state because of the rigorous process you have to go through to get the marker approved.
- The information is researched by a local historian. In this case, I could do the research.
- The information and supporting documents are then reviewed by the administrator of the State Marker Program with the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
- The information has to be verified and approved by the Department of History at LSU.
- And finally, the information has to be approved by the Louisiana Tourism Development Commission.
It’s a lengthy, but worthy process. The total cost of the marker is approximately $3,000, which would be paid only if all of the criteria were met.”
Following the presentation, the jury voted unanimously to fund the State Historical Marker.
In other business, the Police Jury voted unanimously to:
- Approve the request from the Town of Gibsland to install a culvert at Third and Sherrard Street, a request for one load of gravel for pot holes and a request for riprap for First and Claiborne Street.
- Approve the repair of equipment #138 in the amount of $29,200 plus labor.
- Hire Mrs. Michelle Roberson on a full time basis.
- Approve the repairs to the roof of the Courthouse.
- To renew the jury’s certificates of deposit as they mature with Bank of Montgomery for a 1 year term and 180 day term and with Louisiana National Bank for a 90 day term.
- To approve the Chamber of Commerce request on behalf of the Saline Watermelon Festival in the amount of $3000.
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