NAPOLEONVILLE - The Assumption Parish Police Jury voted unanimously Wednesday to renew for five years its solid waste service contract with Waste Management.
The renewal means that Waste Management will handle the parish’s garbage and bulk waste pickup through June 2016.
According to the renewed agreement, there will be no increase in the cost of services to the parish, excluding any consumer price index increases that may occur.
The renewal was recommended by the jury’s Solid Waste Committee, which met prior to the full jury meeting.
Police Juror Jeff Naquin, who heads the committee, said that the parish will also see additional services added as part of the renewal.
The additions include allotting an additional boom crane truck to service the parish. The truck is used to collect bulky waste, such as large tree limbs, twice weekly.
According to the contract, collectable bulky items are limited to 6 feet in length and no more than 100 pounds in weight.
In addition, Naquin said, Waste Management will collect for free the first 30-yard roll-away dumpster for use by the parish in clearing debris after demolition of derelict structures.
Any dumpsters used after that would be subject to a charge, according to the contract, with a maximum of three dumpsters per month.
Juror Irving Comeaux, who expressed concerns about the contract at the previous jury meeting, said he spoke with Waste Management’s Warren Guedry prior to Wednesday’s meeting.
“He explained the contract,” Comeaux said. “I have no problem with it.”
Other business handled by the jury Wednesday night included:
PORTABLE RADIOS: The jury voted unanimously to purchase three portable radio units for use by the parish’s three constables.
Juror Booster Breaux, who presented the matter to the jury, said he felt that in current times, the constables require additional safety measures when on duty.
“I was a police officer for five years,” Breaux said. “That was a long time ago, and the worst I saw was a fistfight. Now, the fights are with guns and knives. The constables need to be able to call the Sheriff’s Office for backup in case of a problem.”
The radios, which Breaux said would cost about $1,800 each, would be purchased through the parish’s Emergency Preparedness Department.