The Natchitoches Parish Council recognized Jay D. Oliphant (Lt. Col Ret. State Trooper) at its Monday night meeting, July 19, on the occasion of his retirement. Oliphant served on the Natchitoches City Police for three years and was hired as a Louisiana State Trooper in 1994. He served in various roles throughout his tenure as a state trooper, including field training officer, defensive tactics instructor, narcotics investigator, mobile field force operator, SWAT operator, and SWAT counter-sniper. He was promoted to Sergeant at State Police Troop E in Alexandria in 2002 and Lieutenant at Troop G in Bossier City in 2005.
He was the first African American to be promoted to troop commander at Troop E in 2013 where he developed a reputation for being firm, but fair and earned the respect of men and women under his command. He later achieved the rank of Region 3 Patrol Command Inspector and an appointment as the Deputy Superintendent of Patrol. He is widely known for his outstanding leadership, vision and commitment to the people he served. He retired on June 18, 2021 after working for 27 years with an accumulated time earned of a total of 30 years of service.
“One of my proudest moments in law enforcement is that I worked 30 years serving the state of Louisiana, Parish of Natchitoches, and City of Natchitoches and I never had to raise my gun to take a life,” he shared at the meeting.
At the end of the meeting, residents from the “Farm at Fulton Road subdivision came before the Council to express their concerns over drainage issues and flooding that occurred after a heavy rainfall event on July 16. Parish President John Richmond said he will be looking at this issue tomorrow with a regional engineer from DOTD.
In other business, the presentation of an audit report informed the Parish Council that overall covid didn’t affect the government’s revenue streams.
Johnny Salard reported that 268 jobs were done in the month of June. The Public Works Department is also moving forward with the pulverization of roads. There are numerous ditching projects that they’re doing including Emmanuel Road. The bridge is completed and open on Shady Grove Road. They overlaid a section of Hicks Road and are planning on overlaying a section at the top of the hill on Johnson Chute Road with cold mix. It’s still too wet to move forward with a Perma-Zyme demonstration.
The Office of Community Service reported an average participation on a daily basis at 206 for its summer feeding program. They will hold it again on July 21 and July 28 is the last day.
Other agenda items included:
Confirm reappointment of Johnny Nobles to the Fire District No. 2 Board and Marc Custis to the Fire District No. 4 Board
Adopt Ordinance 012-2021 to affect a zoning change from a B-3 and an I-A District to a R-1 District for the purpose of placing a single family residence on a 1.15 acre tract of land along Hwy. 494 in Natchitoches
Adopt Ordinance 013-2021 to affect a zoning change from an I-A District to an R-1 District for the purpose of developing a single family residential subdivision on a 15.21 acre tract of land with a physical address of 315 Rose Hill Plantation in Natchitoches
Approve Resolution 032-2021 for a permanent polling place change for Ward 4 Precinct 9 from the Christian Worship Center on Hwy. 494 to 244 Cedar Road in Natchez (Cane River Waterway Commission Office)
Authorize Parish President to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the following good samaritans: Dave Merrell for Merrell Cemetery Road, Charles Guin for Lena-Flatwoods Road, Randy Yopp for Craig Loop, Troy Gardner for Holman Loop
Authorize Parish President to seek proposals from rural water systems and develop a storm water drainage project for potential funding through the American Rescue Plan Act money
Authorize Parish President to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the National Forest Service for the rehabilitation of Kisatchie Falls Road