NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury voted to reconfigure its partnership with the New Roads City Council in managing the Scott Civic Center.

The jury and the council each contribute $50,000 annually to fund the Civic Center’s operations, with the parish government designated as managing partner.

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer appeared at the Police Jury’s regular meeting Tuesday requesting the city take the lead in running the facility.

Myer asked for the change in order to pursue some marketing and development plans he has for the city.

Myer assured jurors the facility operated under the city’s control would continue to serve all residents of the parish “on equal footing” and would still be available as a shelter in case of an emergency.

Police jurors agreed to pursue the change if the two entities are able to iron out details prior to Oct. 1 related to the civic center’s staffing and usage fees.

The two sides also agreed to form a committee made up of three police jurors and two City Council members to vote on any substantive Civic Center policy changes.

Other business conducted by the jury Tuesday night included:

BLIGHT POLICY: Police jurors tackled the issue of blight by voting to establish an administrative hearing officer to enforce legal action and penalties for property owners who refuse to address junked cars and tall grass on their properties.

Police Jury President Melanie Bueche said some property owners repeatedly ignore warnings from the parish to address blight.

Parish Administrator Jim Bello said he expects the new policy would compel offenders to resolve issues of blight with the parish more amicably than in the past.

VETERANS ELECTION: The Police Jury voted to hold a special election Oct. 22 to give parish voters the opportunity to vote on a proposed homestead exemption increase for disabled veterans and the surviving spouses of deceased veterans.