GREENSBURG — The St. Helena Parish Police Jury on Tuesday night set a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss two proposed ordinances that would make changes in the way the parish regulates adult entertainment clubs.
Jurors were set to discuss “an ordinance amending Chapter 14 of the parish Code of Ordinances to prohibit nudity and certain physical contact between patrons and employees of alcoholic beverage establishments.” Also on the agenda was a second ordinance that would provide for licenses for such establishments.
However, discussion on considering the ordinances was halted when jurors complained that they had received a copy of the proposed new rules on Monday, giving them too little time to go over the two proposals.
The proposed modifications to existing ordinances regulating nude dancing were drawn up by Scott Bergthold, an out-of-state lawyer who specializes in local governmental oversight of adult entertainment businesses. In an attempt to respond to ongoing residents’ complaints about alleged problems at two nude dance clubs in the parish, the Police Jury hired Bergthold several months ago.
The Tuesday meeting when jurors will discuss changing the parish’s nude dancing ordinances will be held in the Parish Government Building. The session will be open to the public, said Police Jury President Major Coleman, who invited all who have an interest in the ongoing attempt to curb nude dancing to attend.
Other matters coming before the jury included:
INSURANCE COVERAGE: The jury unanimously approved renewal of a health and life insurance policy for its approximately 35 employees. Denny Ebersole, of Ebersole & Associates Insurance Co., said he had reworked a contract with Blue Cross that offers parish employees health coverage at a rate about equal to what was spent last year.
Ebersole said that he had explored new ways to work the contract after the Police Jury complained earlier that the increased cost of health insurance was becoming a financial burden on the parish.
Under the new contract, the parish will continue to pay 100 percent of the cost of health insurance for its employees. However, employees will now have a $750 deductible instead of the existing $500 deductible and will have an out-of-pocket expense charge of up to $3,000 instead of the current rate of $2,000.
Employees also will be offered a death benefit of $20,000, up from the existing $15,000.
St. Helena Parish spends about $23,000 a month on insurance premiums for its employees.