Concordia Parish Police Jury bids farewell to two jurors

Published 12:04 am Tuesday, December 15, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story incorrectly reported the motion made by Juror Jerry Beatty following the jury’s executive session regarding the hiring of attorney Dannie Garrett III. The story has been updated with the corrected information. We regret the error and are happy to set the record straight.

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Police Jury said farewell to two of its members Monday — president Melvin Ferrington and juror Debbie Temple.

Ferrington was unable to attend the meeting, but Temple was in attendance and received a plaque of appreciation by vice president Red Tiffee.

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“I appreciate the jury giving me the chance to finish my husband’s term,” Temple said after the meeting.

Temple was appointed to the 3-A seat after her husband, Juror Randy Temple, died in July. Temple was appointed to finish out her husband’s term.

Ferrington decided not to run for a seventh term earlier this year. Prior to serving three terms as president, Ferrington served as the jury’s vice president for two years.

In other business:

4Juror Joe Parker Sr. asked to go into executive session before voting on whether or not to hire special legal counsel and enter into a contract for legal services with attorney Dannie Garrett III in the matter of damages to Deadening Road.

Juror Jerry Beatty seconded and the jury decided unanimously to go into executive session.

The issue pertains to damages on Deadening Road. The jury alleges D&D Drilling created an estimated $79,000 worth of damages to the road during a drilling operation.

The jury also alleges the company did not obtain a road bond, which is required by the parish.

After returning from executive session, Beatty motioned to table discussion of hiring Garrett until the jury’s next meeting. Parker seconded and the motion passed 9-1 with Juror Willie Dunbar opposed.

-The jury approved a number of items, including the revised 2015 budget and proposed 2016 budget, the renewal of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance program for 2016 and a resolution seeking Louisiana Government Assistance Program funding for 2015-2016.

-The jury also authorized the president to sign acts of sale documents relative to adjudicated properties sold through Civic Source, an auction company, and approved a permit for Hatch Mott MacDonald for pipeline installations under eight parish roadways for one year.

-Other items approved include the 2016 annual budget for the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory and the approval of a payment to Jordan, Kaiser and Sessions LLC.

-The jury agreed to assist the Concordia Parish School Board with the repair of a portion of Faircloth Road and agreed to approve a request to have property they lease at Black Lake surveyed and marked.

-The jury opened bids on materials and chemicals, including gravel and weed killer.

-Greg Young was appointed as a new board member for Concordia Parish Recreation District No. 3.

The vote was 9-1 with Dunbar opposed.