CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Monday accepted the lowest of three bids for an overlay project involving three parish roads.
Barriere Construction’s bid of $435,605 is about $110,000 more than the jury has in its Capital Improvements Fund, but jurors supported Juror Jason McCray’s motion to transfer the additional money from the parish Road and Bridge Fund to complete the project.
The overlay work will be done on Carruth, Hurst and Rist roads.
The jury also received bids of $459,417 and $475,062 from two other contractors.
Parish Manager J.R. Rouchon said the money in the Capital Improvements Fund represents severance tax receipts and money saved during the normal course of business.
Juror Dennis Aucoin said that to reduce the amount of money being transferred any additional severance taxes received before the project is finished should be dedicated to the project.
On another matter, the jury voted to ask state elections officials to inspect the building now housing the parish Registrar of Voters Office to determine if the jury could use half of the building for a state Office of Motor Vehicles site.
Juror Larry Beauchamp said the state office is in the Clinton Town Hall building, but the town wants to replace it with a private office now allowed by state law.
Beauchamp said state law requires a state OMV facility in every parish, however, and the state office could use the jury-owned registrar’s building, which he said has a unused section.
Assistant Attorney General Bill Bryan cautioned jurors that altering the building could put the parish out of compliance with state and federal voting requirements.
Bryan is a legal adviser to the Secretary of State’s election division.
Beauchamp said the two areas are separated by a concrete-block wall and have separate entrances. He said the jury could make any improvements required to meet both agencies’ needs.