Good Samaritan CEAs will work toward maintaining Parish roads

The Parish Council approved an agenda item at its April 19 meeting authorizing Parish President John Richmond to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the following good samaritans: Williams and Son Saw and Supply in Calvin Tyler Road, Monty Trichel on Hart Road, Barton Cotton on Central Loop, Allen Beasely on Rachal Camp and Benjamin Point Roads, Victor Kay II on Cat Island Road and Simon Sarpy on Kochinsky Road.

Richmond said he brought these CEAs before the Council to provide full transparency to the growing support and willingness of many Parish residents to assist in the maintenance of Parish roads.

These samaritans and the Parish Government agree that the roads listed above require consistent upkeep and maintenance to allow for daily travel along the roads by Parish residents. During the Public Works Director report Johnny Salard said he’s currently down to one patcher and four graders to work on the roads.

Said samaritans have recognized the limited manpower and equipment capabilities of the Parish and that such limitations may cause delay in the maintenance of the roads they live on. They desire to assist the parish in maintaining the roads through the donation of their own time, efforts and equipment.

The Parish shall in good faith deliver rock to the samaritan’s residence in an amount not to exceed 50 square yards per calendar quarter. Material shall be delivered as it becomes available to the Parish and at times to be determined by Salard, who will monitor the work through random inspections to make sure no asset of the Parish is used anywhere but on Parish Roads. Thus, the agreement, enforceable for one calendar year, can be cancelled if at any time the work is not done properly.

The samaritans will use their own equipment to spread the material at his/her discretion. Parties not subject to these agreements with the Parish are prohibited from utilizing the delivered material in any way, unless they do so under the direct supervision of the approved samaritans.

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9 thoughts on “Good Samaritan CEAs will work toward maintaining Parish roads

  1. One day an old person told me that some parishes in the early days had a law that required each citizen to do so many hours for public service each year. If they chose not to do physical labor they were required to pay someone to do it for them or they could sit in jail. The dirt roads and board walks got better and better I was also told over the years.

  2. I’ve lived here for 14 years. Paid taxes to the parish to maintain the road I live on…. but I don’t call two guys and a pickup dribbling out gravel and tar “ maintained “. Thank god we gave a great neighbor who invest his own time and money in truly maintaining our gravel road! The parish gets hand outs from the Cane River Authority and they supposedly donate millions of dollars to maintain the roads adjoining the river.. however they resurfaced Cedar Bend only a little past where their office is…. and left the rest of the road almost impassable! The people of natchitoches parish should get a lawyer and file a class action lawsuit against the parish for not spending the money that we paid on road repairs! We want tourists but they can’t get down town because the roads are so awful!!!

  3. There are opportunities for problems in everything that’s done. I’m thankful that some of our citizens are willing to step and help our parish whether they have the paperwork or not. At least those citizens are doing something about the problem instead of complaining about it. As far as 119 is concerned that is a state highway and not the parish responsibility. But look for development there soon.

  4. First I appreciate the private residents that help with the road. My son has been doing it for years but his taxes didn’t go down. We pay for a service that we are not receiving. No new taxes till they use what they get correctly!

  5. There are many good Samaritans already helping to maintain roads throughout the parish without use of any materials. I know of a road near me which is graded regularly by a neighbor using a tractor and box blade. I’ve seen residents use QuickRite to patch holes in front of their homes. Until parish residents are willing to wake up and pass a tax to fund parish road repairs, I have no problem giving a small amount of materials to these people. They certainly have the incentive to use it as intended. If they don’t, they won’t be able to use the road in the near future.

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