The Morehouse Parish Police Jury held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Jury attorney Charles Brumfield gave an update on several legal matters including the sale of the Bonita Health Unit. He told jurors that the cash deed for the sell of the building had been executed so the building was no longer owned by the Jury. He also advised that he would be meeting with Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs as well as officers from Morehouse General Hospital to discuss medical services for inmates.
"We can no longer take the inmates to LSU in Monroe, so I am hoping we can work something out with the hospital," Brumfield said.
Morehouse Economic Development Corp President Kay King gave an update on Drax as well as money received through the state's capital outlay.
"We are waiting to hear back from the CDBG regarding a $166,000 match for the $500,000 we received for improvements on Carl Road before we take the next step," King said.
She explained the Enterprise Zone Program Resolution, which was on the agenda. There were questions regarding the depth of the program, as it allows new businesses to be exempt from a portion of sales tax for 10 years. The resolution was tabled until clarity could be received.
Jury President Terry Matthews asked for a motion to amend the agenda to include a request from Registrar of Voters Sandra Sims. This motion carried and Sims explained that the Registrar's office continued to flood during heavy rains and she had had the Department of Transportation look at the road to the side of the building. It was discovered that the culverts on E. Pine were not adequate to carry the water. She asked the jury to contact the City of Bastrop about fixing this problem. Juror Jack Cockrell made a motion to send the City a letter with Harry Reese seconding. The motion carried.
Cockrell then brought the monthly finance report and advised that he had received a quote to get a Parish track-hoe fixed. The quote was for $50,000 and Cockrell made the motion to accept this in order to get the machine back in service. This motion also carried.
Occupational licenses were approved for Robinson's Etc., Llc and Unique Wheels & Accessories, LLC, both new businesses. Liquor renewal licenses were approved for the following Bottle Clubs:
Armstrong BBQ 2
Renewals for the following Class A and Class B liquor establishments were also approved, with Juror Floyd Tomboli abstaining:
Boeuf River Castle (Class A Liquor)
Cab's Pointe (Class A Liquor)
Cooper Lake Grocery (Class B Beer)
Family Stop Food #1 (Class A Liquor)
Log Cabin Grocery (Class B Beer)
Ridge Run Inn (Class B Beer)
Skeeter's (Class A Liquor)
Snuff's Bar (Class A Liquor)
U-Pak-It #448 (Class B Liquor)
York U-Pak-It, LLC (Class B Liquor)
The patching of a pothole in Oak Ridge was approved, with the understanding the Village would be paying for the material.
Matthews discussed the newly received Legislative Auditor's Report with the jury before closing the meeting.