Jury needs funds for bond officer

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; Judge Kathy Johnson&8217;s return visit to the Concordia Parish Police Jury meeting Monday night requesting a bond officer was the start of an eventful meeting.

A bond officer tending to all issues not currently being watched is something Johnson and jury President Melvin Ferrington said was important. The creation of a bond officer would cost approximately $1,500 a month, Jury Secretary Russell Wagoner said. If hired the bond officer will administer drug tests and keep tabs on those booked into the jail, Johnson said.

&8220;I think it&8217;s a good idea, but the trouble is our finances,&8221; Ferrington said. &8220;We&8217;re right in the middle of the year and our finances are OK without an emergency. Without an emergency we can handle this and the financing committee will look into it.&8221;

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4 Several residents living in Concordia Parish attended the meeting inquiring about possible changes in road tonnage specifications the jury has been discussing at past meetings.

Ferrington said trucks weighing over five tons would not be allowed on most parish roads, but exceptions would be made allowing trucks over the weight access to certain areas. Ferrington also said new road construction in the area has been improved, making load limits on parish roads important.

&8220;It&8217;s very important to maintain and keep good roads in the parish,&8221; Ferrington said. &8220;I don&8217;t want to hinder anyone from getting to a business, but I think it will be better for the parish and will protect the taxpayers investments.&8221;