GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury agreed without dissent to hold a public hearing at its June 28 meeting on a proposed subdivision regulations ordinance.
A copy of the ordinance kept at the parish administration offices is available for review prior to the hearing, said Police Jury Secretary Deborah Strickland.
For more than a year, residents who purchased lots from privately subdivided acreage periodically have appealed to the jury for maintenance of roads serving those properties.
Repeatedly, the jury explained that the roads are private and because the parish has no regulations directing sellers as to road requirements, most do not meet minimum requirements for acceptance into the parish road system.
As a result, residents are left to seek out the developer or pay for road improvements themselves.
Juror Major Coleman requested the jury in February to adopt a subdivision ordinance. It was the third time Coleman made the request and the jury responded by calling for a proposed ordinance to be drawn up.
Tresa Byrd, parish chief building official, reported during Tuesday’s Police Jury meeting that a proposed ordinance applying to residential mobile homes also is being drafted.
The Police Jury approved payment of $2,200 to John Dardis, a community consultant, for preparation of the proposed subdivision and residential mobile home ordinances.
Other matters taken up by the Police Jury included:
GREENSBURG LIBRARY: Mary Lindsey, director of the Audubon Regional Library, reported the Greensburg library needs to relocate in November because of a sharp rent increase.
Lindsey said the library’s current lease locks in facility rent at $450 per month, but come November, that lease expires and the rental cost will go to $1,900 per month.
She added that relocation costs, for breakdown of shelves and moving, is estimated at $10,000.
The library is negotiating with owners of two potential sites, each requiring higher rent, and one of them needed additional renovation, she said.
LITTER PROGRAM: Fourteen temporary employees were hired Tuesday for the parish’s summer Litter Abatement Program, which concludes July 27.
The 14 are the last of 30 hired for the parishwide program, officials said. Crew leaders earn $11 an hour, and the rest get paid $8 an hour.