CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Monday agreed to study ways to help fund the continued operation of the animal shelter and adoption center at Dixon Correctional Institute.
Jurors also voted to move the parish Homeland Security offices.
Wayne Aucoin, an animal control specialist who works with the shelter and adoption center at DCI, said funding for the facility, which houses dogs and cats, runs out as of June 30.
Aucoin said the shelter operates at no cost to the parish and since its opening has taken in 147 dogs with 70 being adopted.
Dennis Aucoin, president of the Police Jury and no relation to Wayne Aucoin, said the center was a “blessing” to the parish and since its opening, there had been no complaints of abandoned dogs.
The jury president appointed a committee to study means of funding and named jurors Dwight Hill and Ed Brooks to serve on the panel with Wayne Aucoin.
Other members of the committee will include local veterinarians and Clinton Mayor Don Reason, Dennis Aucoin said.
In other business Monday, the jury:
HOMELAND SECURITY: Approved Homeland Security director Henry “Bud” Weigand’s request to move his offices from the old agriculture building to the vacated middle school in Clinton. He said the building provides space for residents in cases of an emergency or disasters.
Weigand told jurors the School Board offered Homeland Security the use of the gym, cafeteria and coach’s office at no cost to the parish. The space has been approved by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, he said.
Weigand also resigned from the E911 Commission, saying he had a meeting schedule conflict with his membership in the Marine Corps League.
Jurors voted to advertise for someone to fill Weigand’s position on the commission.
NO STUDY: Voted 4-3 against hiring an engineer to re-study the location of a fence and gate on Nance Haynes Lane. In 2007, jurors approved the move, which was recommended by the parish engineer.
Voting against the study were Richard Dudley, Dwight Hill, Larry Beauchamp and Karl “Bubba” Chaney. Voting for the study were Edward L. Brooks, Jason McCray and Lewis J. Kent.
ROAD PROJECTS: Approved Shread-Kuyrkendall and Associates of Baton Rouge as engineers for the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant road projects.
APPRECIATION DAY: Agreed to Richard Sobers’ request to use the courthouse grounds on Saturday, Oct. 8, for Pastors Appreciation Day.
PUBLIC RECORDS: Set the cost of $1 per page for copying public records.