GREENSBURG — The St. Helena Parish Police Jury on Tuesday agreed to consider a proposed structure movers ordinance that would for the first time require parish permits to locate or relocate movable homes or buildings within the parish.
Absent from the meeting were Jurors Major Coleman and Doug Watson.
Parish building official Tresa Byrd said permits are necessary for compliance with state wide load standards and flood elevation requirements for St. Helena Parish.
Jurors approved an amendment to the proposed ordinance, adding a $25 moving fee.
A public hearing followed by a vote will take place July 26.
Other business taken up by the jury included:
SOLAR PROJECT: The jury approved hiring parish Maintenance Supervisor James Chaney as site supervisor of the ongoing jail solar panel installation project.
Chaney will receive an additional $22.50 per hour over his salary of $15 per hour, when supervising at the project site.
The jury hired Wade Byrd of Performance Building Consulting Inc. in February to train and supervise a maximum of nine employees involved in the project.
Byrd is to receive $10,000 for his services.
After Tuesday’s meeting, project engineer Morgan Watson said Chaney would act as a day supervisor — in between his regular job duties — filling in for Byrd, who is “more of an overseer.”
Juror Theodore McCray Jr. questioned Chaney’s ability to keep up with his jury-paid job and perform a second job.
“I’ve heard him say a lot of times he’s swamped. Who’s going to do his duties?” McCray wanted to know.
Watson said project funds consist of $72,000 in federal stimulus money and another $141,000 in grant funds remaining from recent courthouse renovations.
When completed, solar panels will provide the electricity for both lighting and hot water at the jail.
Watson also reported that of the eight temporary workers hired by the jury for the project, the pay for six is $25 per hour each, and the pay for the two licensed personnel doing electrical and plumbing work is $50 per hour each.
The project is expected to conclude in six weeks, Watson said.