ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish Council agreed to streamline and simplify the parish’s general ordinances into a new modernized code at its Nov. 23 meeting.
Prior to the vote, Parish Council member Lea Williams questioned the need for a vote because, she said, the previous ordinances contained in the code were already on the books. She later said she wanted to go through the ordinances page by page to see what changes were contained in the revised version.
Legal counsel Mike Hughes said there were no substantive changes in the new code.
“All this does is organize these into one code,” Hughes said.
That didn’t satisfy Williams.
“I do not believe we’ve gone through these by every page,” Williams said.
Councilman Mel Percy and parish President Kevin Couhig countered that each council member has had the proposed code since April, and Planning and Zoning had already given its OK to the revisions.
“We’ve had ample time to look at the ordinances,” Percy said.
Couhig said it was time to adopt the ordinances and give the people of the parish an updated code.
“I know nobody wants to talk about this,” Williams said.
Hughes added, “This puts them in one place to go and look at it … getting it organized.”
Councilman Ricky Lambert said he is comfortable with the updated code and passing it would give the council a baseline for ordinances moving forward.
Voting to adopt the code were council members Percy, Lambert, John Kean, Heather Howle and Melvin Young. Voting against were Williams and Otis Wilson.