CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury named replacements Tuesday for two Planning and Zoning Commission members who quit after the jury decided not to reappoint the commission chairman last month.
Jurors voted Sept. 2 to replace Chairman Mike Salmon, whose term was expiring, with Bart Blackledge, of Clinton.
Commission members James Devillier and Juanita Parks then resigned.
Devillier, in a Sept. 19 email to commission members, called the jurors’ reason for not reappointing Salmon “totally illogical and asinine.” Salmon had served on the nine-member commission for seven years.
Parks was the commission’s secretary.
Juror Larry Beauchamp said he nominated Blackledge last month because his Clinton-area district was not represented on the commission, and the jury unanimously supported him.
Jurors named Richard Oliveaux to the remainder of Devillier’s term, which ends in August 2016, and Richard Clay Howell to finish Parks’ term, which ends in August 2017.
“I’m offering myself as a fresh set of ears,” said Oliveaux, who owns a barbecue restaurant on U.S. 61 north of Port Hudson.
Howell, a lawyer, has prior experience on the commission, including a stint as its chairman.
Charles Guerin, of Clinton, also answered the jury’s advertisement for persons interested in filling the vacancies, but Oliveaux and Howell were accepted by unanimous votes.
On another matter, the jury approved a $15,300 contract with Forte and Tablada Inc. to inspect the contractor’s work on an overlay project jurors approved earlier this month.
Barrierre Construction submitted the low bid of $435,600 to overlay Carruth, Rist and Hurst Roads, a total of 6.6 miles.