Parish Council approves new Director of Public Works, debates renewal of solid waste collection

Parish Council_John Richmond 2018

The Parish Council approved John Richmond as the Director of Public Works at its meeting Dec. 17. Nowlin asked for a $78,000 salary to be approved for the position as well. Richmond will start Jan. 1.

“I want to help. I want to do some good,” said Richmond. “My heart is here in Natchitoches Parish.

In other business, there was a lot of debate over signing an agreement with Live Oak Environmental for Solid Waste Collection and disposal services for the Parish. The item was tabled with a motion to authorize the Parish President to execute a 6 month extension to the Parish’s existing contract with Waste Connections until the Council can decide what will be in the best interests of the Parish as far as waste collection is concerned. Several Council members felt they needed more time and information before they could vote on the issue.

Other agenda items included:

Appoint Harvis Junior Johnson to the Fire District 1 Board to replace Charles Roge.

Appoint Ed Giering and Calvin McFerrin to the Natchitoches Parish Water Works District No. 1 Board

Appoint Ralph Hernandez and George Culpepper to the Fire District 5 Board

Adopt ordinance for budget revisions for the 2018 Operating Budget

Adopt ordinance for Finance Standard Operating Procedures

Approve resolution for an intergovernmental agreement with the Natchitoches Levee and Drianage District for the replacement of culverts along Bermuda Road

Award bids for different materials for the Highway Department and Head Start

Enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the residents of Shamard Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods to resurface the first 850 feet of Kayla Drive. The project is estimated to cost $34,000 and the homeowners offered to pay half, up to $17,000

Approve the 2019 agreement between the Parish and LSU Agricultural Center for $7,500

Approve Christmas Holidays as Dec. 24-25

Consider appointment of Lynda Vance as the new Registrar of Voters, which the Council (minus Russell Rachal who left the meeting early) voted down. Nowlin said the next step will be to get together to see if the Council can agree on a candidate

10 thoughts on “Parish Council approves new Director of Public Works, debates renewal of solid waste collection

  1. I like John Richmond, although we barely know each other, just acquaintances. But I too have to ask, how is he qualified for this position? Maybe he is. Maybe he has a civil engineering degree or something. It appears to simply be more of the same in Natchitoches….the good ole boys network, “who you know.” If he is truly qualified, I would hope someone at the city….the Mayor, maybe?…would issue a statement outlining Richmond’s education/work experience, so we can all feel more confident.

    • First, one correction to my comments…Mr. Richmond will be a parish employee, not a city one. So, it would be President Rick Nowlin, not the mayor, who would issue a statement. My mistake.

      And, I hear that John Richmond has an engineering degree from Louisiana Tech. If that is true, he has the educational back ground for the position. I am sure we’ll see an official statement from Mr. Nowlin and we can all have confidence in this new director.

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