The Morehouse Parish Police Jury voted to approve a proposed 2018 budget Monday night in it's regular monthly meeting. With an over-all budgeted amount of $5,616,888 in revenues and $5,422,933 in planned expenses, the budget shows a projected positive balance of $190,725. A public hearing regarding the budget was an item on the agenda, yet there was no one in attendance with any questions.

The Morehouse Parish Police Jury voted to approve a proposed 2018 budget Monday night in it’s regular monthly meeting. With an over-all budgeted amount of $5,616,888 in revenues and $5,422,933 in planned expenses, the budget shows a projected positive balance of $190,725. A public hearing regarding the budget was an item on the agenda, yet there was no one in attendance with any questions.

Morehouse resident Jack Williams spoke to the jury regarding traffic in the Westlake/Eastlake area. Williams is concerned about the speeders in the area and asked that the Morehouse Parish Sheriff be allowed to place a sign in the neighborhood showing drivers their speed.

“The idea is that maybe a radar flashing sign will make people realize how fast they are going and they will slow down,” Williams said. “I am willing to donate money to the sheriff’s office for the sign and also have it placed on my property.”

Sheriff Mike Tubbs told the jury that his office would maintain the sign and patrol in the area is being stepped up.

The jury approved the purchase and Eyvonne Carter, also a resident of the Westlake/Eastlake area, asked that the speed limit signs be replaced because of their age and the difficulty in reading them. Juror Floyd Tomboli told Carter someone would be out to look at the signs.

Jury President Terry Matthews presented an ordinance for consideration regarding provisions governing “Transportation Network Companies,” i.e. UBER.

“This ordinance is for informational purposes only,” said Matthews. “But it is a uniform policy regarding the regulation of such companies.”

Approval was received to advertise for bids with minimums on adjudicated properties located at Maple Loop Road in Collinston with a minimum bid $500; 162 Pruett St. with minimum bid of $2,700; lot 57 in Bonita with minimum bid of $1,500 and lot 11, block 3 Haynes Street with minimum bid of $1,420.

Occupational and/or liquor licenses were approved for Cox Restoration, LLC, Norsworthy’s II, LLC and Khalil Investments, LLC/Sai Mart.