LSN STAFF WRITER
CROWLEY – An Acadia Parish Police Jury Committee Tuesday night began the process of dismantling the parish’s in-house mosquito control program.
The Mosquito Control Committee voted to declare a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and six 2004 F-150 trucks as surplus and talked about selling the Cessna 188 airplane used in aerial applications.
The Jury recently approved a year contract with Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc. (CMMI).
Jurors expressed belief that the vehicles would be purchased by CMMI for control efforts in the parish.
Some jurors believed the vehicle could be sold at fair market value, but legal counsel Doug Wimberly and auditor Frank Bergeron informed them that the vehicles must be sold as surplus. Both, nevertheless, pointed out the Jury has authority to reject any and all bids if they feel the bids are too low.
When the question of continuing insurance coverage of the mosquito control program’s aircraft, jurors indicated they might soon sell the plane and recoup of the unused insurance premium.
In other action, bond attorney Lonnie Bewley reported that Hancock Bank had offered to purchase sales tax road refunding bonds at 3.45 percent.
Bewley reported the refinancing move would save the Jury $154,058.33, as well as reducing the annual repayment amount.
Jurors indicated they would accept the bank’s proposal at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 8.
Jurors also discussed complaints received since the Jury signed a contract for professional cleaning services.
The service’s operator admitted that there were some start-up problems “adjusting to people’s wants and wishes.” He also reported that he had to call in two consulting experts to aid in removing coatings built up on the courthouse floors.
The members of the Building and Grounds Committee agreed to review the situation within 30 days.
Juror Alton Stevenson voiced his opinion that courthouse security was needed.
Homeland Security Director Lee Hebert reported there may be grants available to install cameras around the courthouse.
Hebert also reported what neighboring parishes have done to security their headquarters, including keyless electronic cards, interior cameras, metal detectors.
Lee agreed to investigate the grant options, while Stevenson will talk to Sheriff Melancon about increased security.
Jurors are expected to approve a $138,000 price for a used motorgrader.