CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Monday unanimously voted to apply for Louisiana’s Local Government Assistance Program to add lighting at the Feliciana Area Agriculture and Recreational Management Facility east of Clinton.
Mark Browning, FAARM director, made the request to use the state’s competitive L-GAP money, saying the lighting will allow night-time events at the facility, which will bring tourist dollars and revenues into the parish.
Browning said the nonprofit FAARM organization recently spent $11,000 on a electrical distribution system; and it needs another $50,000 to finish the lighting system.
The jury is eligible to request up to $100,000 in funding. In past years, the money has been used to purchase equipment for the parish.
Juror Louis Kent said the FAARM project needs to be completed.
Other items discussed during the meeting include:
AUDIT REPORT: Independent auditor Mary Sue Stages reported the parish has $6.1 million in assets; $2.7 million in liabilities and a total of $3.4 million in net assets, of which $1.7 million is in unrestricted funds.
She also reported that overall revenues are $7.5 million, with $7.4 million in expenditures.
The Road and Bridge Fund has a $1.9 million total deficit, but Stages said some payments have been made to repay the fund and the jury has developed a plan to reduce the deficit.
Stages also reported the Criminal Court Fund has a $58,000 deficit. Financial adviser Phil Graham said he, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla and Treasurer Judith Kelly will look at ways to reduce or remove the debt.
PUBLIC HEARING SET: At its September meeting, the jury will consider recommended changes to revisions of the subdivision ordinance.
Michael Salmon, chairman of the parish Planning and Zoning Commission, said the ordinance has not been revised in 25 years.
Recommendations for revisions include:
• Better organization of topics, keeping them together in areas of design, inspections, procedures.
• Updated technical specifications.
• Additional section for survey maps.
• Rewording to reduce parish liability.
• Revision of fee structure.
• Coordination with other existing ordinance.
APPOINTMENTS: Jurors also re-appointed Buddy Foreman and James Devillier to the parish Planning and Zoning Commission.