I became aware of the overriding issue (Roads) for the citizens of Natchitoches Parish several years ago. This was years before I had heard of L. Alan McMurtry. I had friends and family who lived on some of the worst roads in the parish with no maintenance, no upkeep and seemingly no interest by anyone having the wherewithal to do anything about a terrible situation. The two constants of the parish roads were (1) an exponential deterioration of hundreds of miles of roads and (2) a constituency that would not support a road tax.
After the outdated police jury was replaced by the Home Rule Charter the Parish Council wisely put together a commission of private citizens to evaluate all parish roads, all parish road personnel, the inventory of parish road equipment and the available funds to operate the road department. Additionally, the panel was to make recommendations on how to move forward with maintenance, repairs, construction and required funding. L. Alan McMurtry served on that commission.
It was during this time that Alan distinguished himself with his insight, attention to detail and leadership. When I saw the commission’s report to the council I saw it as a great opportunity for the parish to move forward. The Parish Council did NOTHING.
Now the citizens of District Three have the opportunity to elect a representative who has no connection to the now defunct police jury and yet has the experience needed to be a voice of reason and responsibility in the administration of Parish business. It is with this premise that I endorse and recommend L. Alan McMurtry as the next Parish Councilman for District Three.