A public hearing was held Monday night prior to the monthly Morehouse Parish Police Jury meeting.

The hearing was held for public discussion regarding Ordinance Nos. 1348 and 1349, which deals with the fees to be paid by those providing cable or video services within the unincorporated limits of the parish. The ordinance states"...providers shall pay the Morehouse Parish Police Jury an amount equal to one half percent of the gross revenues..."

There were no public options on the matter and the ordinance passed without opposition.

Juror Jack Cockrell stated that it was time to begin accepting bids for work to be done on the public works building and this additionally passed.

A resolution was approved for the holding of an election in the Ward Two Fire Protection District No. 1 on Oct. 19, 2013 for the renewal of a 6.87 mills property tax. The renewal will make the proposed tax run from 2015 until 2024.

The Grant Committee recommended McManus Engineering to be rewarded the contract for engineering services for the Gustave/Ike Community Development Block Grant for the purpose of disaster recovery work in the Staulkinhead Creek Drainage Project. The jury approved the recommendation.

The Jury also approved, on a motion made by Juror Jason Crockett, to approve the Bastrop Daily Enterprise as the Official Parish Journal. Occupational license were granted to

• A.W. McDaniels and Associates (renewal)

• Andy's Auto Repair (renewal)

• Bastrop Computer Center (renewal)

• C n L Lawn Care (new)

• Cindy's Keepsakes (new)

• Croswell Tack and Western Wear , LLC (new)

• Firestop Consultants, LLC

• Green Boyz Entertainment (new)

• Jones Carpentry

• Kiwanis Achievers Club

• Ridge Run In

• Road Runner Recycling

• Sanders Roofing

• Spoil Me Rotten Jumpers

• Tim Davis Roofing

The jury approved the purchase of a new air conditioner for the LSU Agriculture Office. A quote from Mike Baker for a Goodman system in the amount of $6,441.70 was the bid accepted.

Kay King of MEDCO gave a monthly update on economic development. She spoke to the jury regarding the Draxx Bio Plant and stated that they [Draxx] had closed on the property at the end of April and they were now in the process of scouting places for workers to stay during the estimated 18-month project of building the plant.

"The construction team was in Bastrop recently and will be returning to move forward with this project in the very near future," King said. "When all is said and done, they will be spending over $100,000,000 to get the plant built. It is a very exciting time for Morehouse Parish and I am looking forward to some additional developments."

Juror Mark Sistrunk gave a report on the Solid Waste Department and stated that they are ready to begin renting dumpsters to the community.

"We know that there is sometimes a need for a dumpster for individuals or communities, so we wanted to make them available for rent," Sistrunk said. "Anyone interested can pick up a rental agreement from the Jury office or the Solid Waste office."

The 8-yard dumpsters are available to be rented on a weekly basis for $35. Only household garbage may be placed in the dumpsters; no appliances, furniture, ply board, construction materials, lumber or roofing materials are allowed. Also, no oil cans, tires, paint cans or hazardous materials are allowed and any limbs placed inside the dumpsters can be over three inches in length or four inches in diameter.

A bid from Jim Taylor Chevrolet for a 2013 Silverado 1500 4wd in the amount of $28,413.50 was accepted for the Solid Waste Department Manager's Truck.

Jury President Terry Matthews amended the agenda to bring attention to the old Council on Aging Building in Bonita, which is owned by the jury. Matthews said that the building had been looked at for insurance purposes and was in such disrepair, it needed to be taken down. The jury agreed with Matthews to have the building torn down.

The Morehouse Parish Police Jury meets at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month and the meetings are open to the public.