Anyone who attended the Parish Council meeting this past Monday had the great misfortune of sitting through two hours of theatrics and feigned hysteria orchestrated by two Council members who seem incapable of letting go of their Policy Jury mentality. And, all of this was before the first Agenda item was even discussed! At one point in the meeting, Councilwoman Patsy Ward Hoover began bawling uncontrollably and ran out of the room, causing those in the audience to look at each other in complete disbelief.
The shenanigans continued once the Council finally began to address the Agenda items. Neither Patsy Ward Hoover nor Chris Paige seemed to recall the previous month’s meeting where proposed changes to the Parish’s Personnel Manual were discussed and both of them voted against contracting out parts of the Parish’s mosquito control program even though the Parish faces the eminent threat of the Zika virus and the expected explosion in the mosquito population due to the recent flooding. Fortunately, Council members Doug de Graffenried, Rodney Bedgood and Russell Rachal voted in favor of the contract which will provide trapping, testing, larvaciding, tracking of public requests, spraying and educational services parish-wide.
One positive result from the meeting was the Council’s vote to make the Parish the responsible party for debris removal resulting from the flood. This will prevent the flood debris from eventually being dumped illegally or being abandoned in the Parish’s right-of ways. Debris removal is a reimbursable activity by FEMA which provides a 75%/25% cost share. The Parish will solicit proposals from qualified companies as required by FEMA and in accordance with federal regulations.
Just after 9:00 p.m., Parish President Rick Nowlin finally provided his report to the Council, which included confirmation that the Red River Waterway Commission voted at its last meeting to pay for the paving of Hampton Road. Mr. Nowlin estimates that the project will cost approximately $1.3 million dollars.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal received this submission from J.Q. Collectif. The views and opinions expressed are those of writer and not necessarily those of the Natchitoches Parish Journal.