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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Other action at Tuesday's council meeting

Other action at Tuesday's council meeting

In other Parish Council action Tuesday, Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson presented a report on three coastal projects. He described the West Belle Pass Headland Restoration Project, the Caminada Headlands Project, and the Bayou L’Ours Terracing Project, specifically their impacts and costs.

Councilmen heard a report from Finance Director Dennis Muckelroy who stated that all parish revenues are ahead of revenues for the same period in 2013. Parish Royalties are up 9.5%, Road Sales Tax District “A” up 7%, Road Sales Tax District “2” up 5%, Solid Waste up 20.9%, and Parish Transportation ahead of last year by 16.6%.

Parish President Charlotte Randolph cited a healthy local economy and population growth as reasons for these increases in the funds.

Councilmen discussed parish workers, who are paid on a 4-day week, and who are working Fridays on projects for the North Lafourche Levee District.  Some councilmen voiced concern that the parish is essentially paying overtime for all hours worked on Fridays.

The Council approved a resolution creating an intergovernmental agreement between the parish and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission to pay for an environmental assessment and related services necessary to apply for a grant to fund the Lafourche Parish Airport Access Road Project.  Each party will pay $266,150 for the study.

Council also approved a resolution authorizing the parish president to hire URS Corporation to conduct the environmental assessment and related services.

The Access Road Project proposes to build a new bridge across Bayou Lafourche and extend Airport Road to Highway 3235. 

Council amended ordinances in the Lafourche Parish Government Policy and Procedures Manual regarding workplace violence, dress code, compensatory time, family and medical leave, attendance, employee call-ins, and tardiness.

Members approved amending the nuisance abatement laws, specifically to add unpaid parish expenses to a landowner’s annual ad valorem tax bill.

Council members approved a resolution allowing a grant application in the amount of $500,000 with the Gheens Foundation, Inc. for the Lockport Community Center Swimming Pool Project.

Council members agreed to resolutions accepting bids for demolition of three condemned structures, in Bayou Blue, Galliano, and Golden Meadow, at a cost of about $3500 for each structure.