NAPOLEONVILLE — Assumption Parish Police Jury members voted 8-0 Wednesday to accept design plans for a new 10,400-square-foot parish administration building.
The planned two-story structure will replace the current 4,000-square-foot Police Jury office, located along La. 308 and adjacent to the parish courthouse.
Stephen Viguerie, of Duplantis Design Group of Thibodaux, said the building will house parish government offices and offer a larger Police Jury meeting room, among other accommodations.
“You’ll have all of the same services you’ve been offering, but now with more up-to-date facilities,” Viguerie said. “You’ll be able to bring an additional 12 employees into the office as well.”
The architectural design of the administration building is similar to that of the nearby courthouse, Viguerie said.
The building will connect with the parish’s Emergency Preparedness office behind the Police Jury office, Viguerie said.
The village of Napoleonville mayor will also have an office in the new building, Viguerie said.
Mayor Ron Animashaun told the jury that he would use his new office mainly to conduct Mayor’s Court activity.
Other topics that came up during the meeting included:
SPEED BUMPS: Jurors voted against pursuing a request by Juror Myron Matherne to install speed bumps on roads and streets throughout the parish.
Matherne said he placed the item on the agenda after receiving numerous complaints of drivers speeding on parish roadways.
“We’ve been dealing with this for a long time,” Matherne said. “Are we going to do it or not?”
During discussion in the jury’s Engineering Committee prior to the meeting, Parish Manager Bobby Naquin said that quoted prices on speed bumps ranged from $4,000 to $2,000 each, depending on the model used.
Juror Henry Dupre said he felt that speeding can be curbed by having sheriff’s deputies patrol areas where speeding is reported.
TAX ASSESSMENTS: The jury voted to accept the 2010 parish tax assessment rolls, as presented by Assessor Wayne “Cat” Blanchard.
The parish gained 55 new households last year, Blanchard said, and parish property reassessments generated about $1.2 million more than the previous year.