Parish Council considers purchase of warehouse on Greenlaw Avenue

Published 1:10 pm Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Washington Parish Council adopted two resolutions on Monday and introduced an ordinance that will be discussed and voted on at the Feb. 9 meeting.

In business matters, the Parish Council adopted a resolution authorizing the signing of the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for the purpose of auditing council business for 2014.

In relation to the audit, the Parish Council adopted a resolution regarding the signing of the Questionnaire for the audit of Choctaw Road Landfill for 2014.

“That’s just a mere formality,” Council Chairman Michael Fussell said. “We do it every year.”

An ordinance authorizing the purchase of warehouse property at 2185 Greenlaw Ave. in Franklinton will be voted on at the next meeting. The warehouse will be used for storage of parish records. The asking price was $120,000, but the council offered $50,000.

Council members also heard from Memory Walkers President Krieg Todd. He said an event to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s is scheduled for June 20 at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds. He said the free event includes musical guests the River Hit Squad. Other activities include a 5k race and motorcycle rally.

In his presentation, Todd said Alzheimer’s touches millions of lives.

“Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain and affects 5 million people nation-wide,” Todd said. “It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It particularly affects women as two out of three women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s each year. It’s a real disease that nobody wants to talk about. In Louisiana, 82,000 people are affected. That means 1,295 people in Washington Parish have it.”

Todd said his group raised $2,800 last year. He said most of the funds went toward research, care and advocacy. The Dorothy Wood Memorial Fund was to receive $250. Wood died from the disease in May 2014.

Memory Walkers was chartered in July 2013.

“It’s important to involve the community,” Todd said. “We feel it is important to give back to our donor base.”

Also Monday, Washington Parish Director of Public Works Leo Lucchesi said sub-structure materials for the Pearl River Nature Park fishing pier at Poole’s Bluff were ordered.

“We will leave it to an expert to drive the pilings,” Lucchesi said. “We received a quote from a contractor concerning the pilings. We have enough money from the grant funding to allow for the contractor to do the work.”

Lucchesi also said Choctaw and Dummyline roads were recently added to the Department of Transportation Development Road Transfer Program.

In personnel matters, Bradley Cooper, Vance Rogers and Darryl Peterson were reappointed to another four-year term to the Washington Parish Planning Commission.

Huey Newcomb, Daniel Keaton, Chick Boyd, Freddy Jefferson and Donald Williams were reappointed to the Washington Parish Fire Protection District No. 5 board. Keaton, Boyd and Jefferson were reappointed for three-year terms, while Newcomb and Williams have two-year terms.

The Council approved John Nathaniel as a board member for Fire District No. 6 in Varnado. He replaced Joe Johnson, who recently passed away and was on the board for 14 years.

In other business, Bogalusa resident Judy Pittman expressed her opposition to the proposed Washington Parish Reservoir Project. She said children will be hurt most if the project goes through. The project is slated for the Oak Grove community.

“There is a group of people that we, as adults, need to take in consideration, and that is the children of Oak Grove,” Pittman said. “My husband and I have 10 grandchildren and four of them live at ground zero for this reservoir. Their ages range from 18 to 5.”

Pittman said the youngest has nightmares.

“Leah is so afraid that she no longer sleeps in her room. She sleeps with her parents,” Pittman said. “Her mother can’t get out of her sight. Ripping children from their homes is one of many unspeakable acts that can be done.”

Pittman quoted Exodus 20:17 from the Bible, which talks about how people should not covet other people’s possessions. She said that is what the Reservoir Commission is doing.