The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, Monday, adopted a resolution for the Evangeline Parish Road and Drainage District Number One. The resolution allows the parish to approve the sale of $28.6 million in revenues bonds to fund its road and drainage program. The money will be repaid through a two cent sales tax over the next 15 years. Voters throughout Evangeline Parish approved renewing the road tax last year.
In other business, the police jury approved renewing its agreement with the Evangeline Soil and Water Conservation District by increasing its share to $500 a month. Jim Shipp addressed the jury saying his group helps farmers and land owners. In the last three years, over two million dollars was spent in the parish assisting parish land owners. The local parish share of the funding will come from the two percent sales tax.
The police jury promised Tommy McFarlain that they will do more projects to help improve drainage in the parish. McFarlain addressed the jury saying he is never seen as much water around his home on Lithcote road in more than 60 years. Jury President told McFarlain that the parish plans to meet with neighboring police juries in St. Landry, Acadia and Jeff Davis parishes to work together to improve drainage issues.
Stan McGee representing the Acadiana Regional Development District explained a new U.S.D.A. funded program called “Promised Zones”. The federal government would give tax credits to small businesses located in those zones that hire additional workers .
The police jury approved naming KVPI Day on November 22 on the 60th anniversary of KVPI’s sign on date. General Manager Mark Layne said the police jury and KVPI have enjoyed a close relationship. He explained KVPI has been covering the monthly meetings for its newscasts to inform listeners, the police jury president does a monthly interview show on KVPI and a live broadcast for the annual all French police jury meeting.
In other action, the police jury agreed to investigate allegations that that Crooked Creek Park officials are accepting park bookings early. Juror Kevin Veillon said he has been receiving complaints from six to 8 different people that officials at the park are not being fair to those who want to make reservations.
In other business, the police jury:
--took under advisement a proposed service agreement for a private company to maintain all ten parish mobile generators;
--received a report that sales tax collections in October were $278,888, a ten percent decrease from the previous month;
--received an announcement from Sudden link Communications announcing a rate hike in different