On Wednesday, July 14, the Bienville Parish Police Jury held their regular meeting.
- The Police Jury appointed four people to the Mill Creek Lake Commission to replace four board members who resigned last month. Scott Thrasher was the only remaining board member. The new board members are Josh Blewer, Dana Fontenot, Nick Ferguson, and Jacob Branch.
- The Police Jury adopted a resolution in appreciation and admiration for the years of sacrifice and selfless service given to the citizens of Bienville Parish and the area surrounding Mill Creek Reservoir.
- Megan Martin gave an update on the JET (Jurors Empower Teens) Summer Internship Program which started recently. Ms. Martin said this year’s group includes 17 teenagers who are excited to be working in the parish. Last week, the teenagers learned skills including resume writing, interview skills, and professional dress, etc. Ms. Martin said she has spoken with several employers who said the interns were doing good jobs. She thanked the Police Jury for their continued support. Police Jury President Bill Sims pointed out that 17 is the most interns the parish had ever had in the program.
- The Police Jury voted unanimously to approve Mr. Hays recommendations:
- To request 300 yards of reclaimed asphalt from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development,
- For the purchase of two 6’x50′ culverts to temporarily replace a bridge on Saline Ridge Road in the amount of $9,743,
- For the purchase of six 3’x50′ culverts in the amount of $12,354 to be placed on Danzy Road in order to try to alleviate the flooding that routinely takes place in the area,
- From the Town of Gibsland for one load of gravel for Cedar Street.
- The Police Jury voted unanimously to offer the job of lead mechanic to James Russell, nine-year-employee of the parish, following the resignation of the previous lead mechanic on Tuesday, July 13. The jury agreed that they would fill Russell’s position in the near future.
- The parish engineer reported to the Police Jury on his recommendation for improving the safety conditions of a curve on Lake Bistineau Road. Residents living on Lake Bistineau Road had previously requested that the Police Jury install a safety barrier in the curve. The engineer inspected the curve and determined that a safety barrier was not feasible because of the location of a nearby road. He recommended widening the road, striping the road in the area of the curve, and installing reflective chevron directional road signs which would warn drivers about the curve from both directions. He estimated that the total cost would be approximately $200,000.00.
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