GREENSBURG — The St. Helena Parish Police Jury decided to revisit an ordinance it approved in August that forbids relocation of pre-1994 mobile homes.
Juror Thomas Wicker persuaded the jury Tuesday night to create a committee to review the ordinance because it might cause difficulties for low-income residents. Jurors named to the panel were Wicker, Jule Charles Wascom and Theodore McCray Jr. with Major Coleman appointed as alternate member.
The jury voted in August to allow mobile homes manufactured after July 1, 1994, to be permitted within the parish.
The ordinance accepted all mobile homes in the parish, but forbade relocation of pre-1994 models. The jury had acted to put the parish in compliance with federal wind tolerance requirements, said Tresa Byrd, chief building official for the parish. Mobile homes need to withstand 100-mph winds, she said, adding, “Anything manufactured before (July 1) 1994 does not meet that standard.”
Other matters taken up by the jury included:
STRIP CLUBS: Oak Ridge Lounge manager Jennifer Miller accused the jury of allowing The Mansion, a Montpelier-area club, to retain its liquor license while in alleged violation of the parish anti-striptease ordinance.
Parish Attorney Clifton Speed said the jury determined there was no stripping going on at The Mansion, therefore it was not in violation of the law. Oak Ridge Lounge is the only strip club in the parish grandfathered by court order, Speed confirmed.
Miller said Oak Ridge Lounge forgave $180,000 in court costs and punitive judgment in exchange for exclusivity. “We won five appeals,” she said.
WATER LINES: The jury unanimously authorized the town of Montpelier to replace water lines on parish roadways.
The project involves lines along La. 43, Shiloh Baptist Church and Quinn roads. Line replacements to serve new water customers will take place along La. 441, south of La. 16.