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Parish Council adds more roads to big truck ban

The Washington Parish Council adopted a pair of road matters and the amended 2014 budget for Washington Parish during Monday night’s meeting.

Council members unanimously adopted an ordinance to ban trucks on 10 parish roads. The ordinance added to roads previously on the list.

Roads added to the list at Monday’s meeting include Bethel Road from Louisiana Highway 16 to Louisiana Highway 25; Sylvest Road from Louisiana Highway 10 to Highway 16 to Bethel; Old Columbia Road from Louisiana Highway 430 to Louisiana Highway 38 to Black Jack; Sunny Hill Road from Highway 38 to Louisiana Highway 450; C.C. Road, from Highway 16 to Highway 25 to Fisher to Louisiana Highway 437;

Other roads included in the ban are Frank Miller Road from Highway 438 to the Mississippi state line; Harvey Road from Old Columbia Road to Highway 38; Old Columbia Road from Louisiana Highway 1071 to Highway 438 to the Mississippi state line; Lon Miley Road from Pierce Road to Louisiana Highway 21; and Pierce Road from Dollar Road to Lon Miley Road.

Regarding the budget, the report suggested parish finances are improving.

The beginning General Fund balance was $4,951,652, while the proposed ending fund balance was about $15,073,246.

“The overall health of the finances of the parish is getting better,” Finance Director Donna Graham said. “We’re getting the General Fund back on good ground.”

The council adopted a resolution to reinstate W. Duncan Road into the parish maintenance inventory.

“You’ve got to have two residences on a road for inventory. Residences on that road dropped to one, and the resident maintains it herself,” Council Chairman Michael Fussell said. “She wants back on inventory. Two other houses are being build on the road for three total on the road.”

Parish Department of Public Works Director Leo Lucchesi discussed other projects.

Lucchesi said the parish is working on the site plan for a fishing pier on the north end of the Pearl River Nature Park at Pool’s Bluff. It will be handicapped accessible. He said work is continuing on the pavilion, and a concrete walkway will be completed next week.

Lucchesi said the Harvey Road Bridge was rebuilt and has a 25-ton limit. In other business, Parish President Richard Thomas recognized Franklinton High School senior Katherine Haik, who was named 2015 Miss Louisiana Teen USA.