NAPOLEONVILLE - Amid questions about proposed contractual changes, the Assumption Parish Police Jury voted Wednesday to put off until its June 22 meeting any discussion on renewing its solid waste collection contract due to expire at the end of the month.
During the jury’s Solid Waste Committee meeting, held prior to the regular meeting, jurors said they agree with the basic terms of the proposed renewal with Waste Management.
While fees will not increase under the proposed renewal, some jurors expressed concerns with proposed changes.
One such change would limit bulky waste collection to 2 cubic yards per customer, per week. Under the current contract, only construction debris is limited to 2 cubic yards.
Another change would require Waste Management to provide three 30-yard roll-off boxes per month to collect demolition debris from condemned houses.
The first pickup of the box would be at no charge, according to the proposal, while each subsequent collection could cost up to $250.
As part of the vote, the jury requested that a Waste Management representative appear at its next meeting to answer questions concerning the contract.
Other matters considered by the jury included:
EMPLOYEE VACATIONS: The jury decided to discuss at its next meeting a possible addition to its personnel manual concerning employee vacations during declared states of emergency.
Juror Calvin James said with the expected high water from the Atchafalaya Spillway flooding last month, some employees were scheduled to be on vacation when required to be on duty.
“There’s nothing in writing in the manual about how to handle that,” James said.
The parish’s emergency preparedness director and Police Jury president can, under ordinance, order essential personnel into action in emergency situations, James said.
Police Jury President Martin Triche said that if such situations arise, employees with scheduled vacation at that time are asked to make alternate plans.
When the parish did not experience the anticipated flooding, some employees expressed concern over having to cancel their vacation plans, Triche said.
Triche said that such situations must be handled on a case-by-case basis.