2014 poster added to Council collection

Published 4:03 pm Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Washington Parish Council on Monday adopted two resolutions and received the official Washington Parish Fair Poster from Fair Poster Chairwomen Kay Bell.

The official poster was designed by Franklinton High School teacher Taffenie Mizell.

The Council accepted a resolution authorizing Parish President Richard Thomas to execute documents of agreement for funding of the Washington Parish Government Facility expansion under the Community Development Block Grant Infrastructure Program.

The Washington Parish Government submitted an application for funding in the amounts of $228,287 for Hurricanes Gustav/Ike infrastructure, $162,497 for Hurricane Isaac infrastructure and $63,923 in local funds, for a total of $454,707 under the CDBG Disaster Recovery Infrastructure Program.

The Council also adopted a resolution to enter into an intergovernmental agreement between the parish and City of Bogalusa for drainage, paving, sidewalk, and other street improvements on a portion of Austin Street.

“We’re furnishing the paving equipment, and we’ll haul the asphalt to the site,” Thomas said. “It’s good for the parish. It says to the towns and villages in the parish we’re all in this together to make this parish better.”

The Council will vote on the two ordinances at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 27.

The first ordinance introduced is about entering into a Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Bogalusa concerning adjudicated properties, which have been placed in the hands of a local government for failure to pay taxes. After time, the local government can sell that property to get it back into commerce.

“Bogalusa passed a similar measure, and it’s a win-win situation,” Council Attorney Wayne Kuhn said. “They are taking the bull by the horns.”

The Council will also consider granting Cleco the authorization to extend its rights for 25 years to distribute and sell electricity.

Cleco has 755 customers within Washington Parish.

Also, the Council heard a presentation from Jo Ann Miller with the Museums of Cassidy Park about Native American Cultural Day, scheduled for Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cassidy Park. Admission is free.

Miller said seven tribes will be represented, including the Coushatta, Chitimacha, Jena Band of Choctaws, Tunica-Biloxi, United Houma Nation, Clifton Choctaw and Choctaw Apache.

The Council accepted the resignation of Dr. Mark James from Riverside Medical Center’s Board of Commissioners and accepted the appointment to the Board of Dr. Frank Voelker.

Thomas said all Washington Parish Government offices will be closed today through Friday because of the Washington Parish Fair.