CLINTON - The East Feliciana Police Jury rescinded an agreement with the parish School Board to relocate its Office of Homeland Security to the vacated Clinton Middle School because the move was no longer cost effective.
Henry “Bud” Weigand, the parish’s homeland security chief who proposed to move to the school building for shelter and office space, said the School Board wants to sell or lease the building.
If the building is sold, OHS has only 30 days to move out.
Weigand told the jury he had hoped for a five-year lease, but the board only offered a two-year lease, with a year’s renewal option.
FUNDS CUT: Weigand also told the Police Jury that his office has been notified that federal funds will be severely cut for the parish homeland operation.
The director said that 50 percent of funds in the Homeland Security Program will be eliminated, as well as all of the Urban Area Security and Communications funds.
At Weigand’s recommendation, jurors unanimously passed a Mutual Aid Agreement between neighboring parishes, allowing East Feliciana to aid and assist, or to ask for such, from other parishes in cases of a disaster.
HERBICIDE SPRAYING: Jurors also approved a motion to study using chemical sprays on woody hedges, rather than continue mowing the hedges.
Lance Cline of Nature Clem said the cost of spraying dense hedges is about 50 percent less than for mowing.
Cline, whose company has a parish contract to spray grass along road sides, said it costs about $400 per mile to mow the hedges, and $200 to $250 per mile to spray.
OTHER BUSINESS: Jurors appointed Rouchon to the E-911 Commission, and named Rouchon, manager, and Larry Thompson, assistant manager of the Flood Plain Manager’s Certification Program.
Also, jurors gave permission to Clinton to lay a 2-inch water line on parish right-of-way and to bore under Cooley Bayou to Pretty Creek so that water service can be provided to residents on Clinton-Wilson Road.