CLINTON —The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Monday tabled a request for a subdivision variance for a lot in the Port Hudson area that may have been approved through earlier action by parish officials.
The Planning and Zoning Commission last week denied dwelling side and front setback variances sought by the owners of two lots that parish officials say are needed for people living in a trailer on one of the lots to obtain electrical service.
The trailer has been in place for two years, according to the discussion, but part of it extends onto property owned by another person, who apparently does not object to its encroachment.
Commission Chairman Richard Howell, who did not vote to deny the variances, said they already have been approved because commission member Russ Hicks and Parish Manager J.R. Rouchon signed the survey map after it was approved by the commission.
“You can’t fix it. It’s just a mistake,” said Howell, a lawyer.
District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla agreed with Howell.
Hicks and Rouchon argued, however, that the commission only approved the division of one lot into two smaller lots, regardless of the fact that the survey shows the trailer.
After considerable discussion, the jury voted to table the request until the first meeting in April after jury President Dennis Aucoin said he and some other business owners are working to have the trailer moved off the neighboring property.
On another matter, jurors approved revisions to an ordinance regulating communications towers in the parish. The revisions stem from the jury’s settlement of 2008 and 2009 lawsuits filed by two affiliated Boca Raton, Florida, tower companies.
During the two years, the companies paid under protest a total of $83,500 in annual registration payments and late fees, but in the settlement, the jury agreed to refund $45,500 to the companies and amend the ordinance by reducing the fees.
The jury has kept the tower companies’ payments in an escrow fund, which contained almost $110,000 after the $45,500 was released.
The revisions include decreasing the distance a tower may be placed from a public road and lowering some of the fees charged to the companies.
Jurors also accepted the $182,282 low bid of Doggett Machinery, of Baton Rouge, for a new motor grader used to smooth gravel roads.
Aucoin said the jury has been replacing one grader each year for the last four years to better maintain its roads.