CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury agreed Monday to allow a rural water district to use jury property in the town of Clinton as an office building site.
Water District 7, a Police Jury entity, will build an office adjacent to the parish’s voting machines warehouse near the jury office and health unit building.
The water district agreed to maintain the building and carry $1 million in liability insurance on the building and adjacent grounds.
On another matter, the jury set a March 3 public hearing on 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.
In a related matter, jurors agreed Monday to transfer $70,000 from the escrow fund to the jury’s capital improvement fund for a road overlay project later this year. The money will be added to $300,000 each from the health unit and road and bridge funds, plus $200,000 from the general fund.
The roads to be improved have not been chosen, jurors said.