A Pointe Coupee Parish police juror made a pitch this week for changing how the parish handles residential waste collection, claiming that the parish could save nearly $90,000 a year by doing it themselves rather than using a private contractor.
But the reaction to Juror Justin Cox’s proposal was, shall we say, less than enthusiastic.
“If you go by the history of the present jury…they almost can’t walk and chew gum at the same time,” Juror J.A. Bueche said. “They can barely keep up with the minor things we have to do.”
While his fellow jurors weren’t entirely happy with how Bueche chose to characterize the abilities (or lack thereof) of the public body they serve on together, some shared his lack of enthusiasm for Cox’s idea.
Like Bueche, Juror Kurt Jarreau expressed doubts the parish could take on any more responsibilities given its current struggles to keep the services the parish already provides flowing smoothly.
Bueche also said he was skeptical of Cox’s projections on the amount of money the parish could save by ending the Police Jury’s five-year contract with Boudreaux’s Trucking for residential bulky waste and white goods pick-u[ and instead bringing the service in-house.
“You quoting all these numbers, but it doesn’t always work out that way,” Bueche observed.
Visibly frustrated as it became clear his proposal wasn’t going to garner the support needed to pass it, an irritated Cox told Bueche, “If you don’t want to represent your constituents and do the right thing to save them money, then resign!”
After a substitute motion to keep the current contract with Boudreaux Trucking passed 7 to 5, Juror Anthony Hurst tried to soften the blow by telling Cox the parish should look at its contracts across the board instead of singling out the one for a local business, if the objective is truly to save money.
Cox responded, “We have looked at all of them, but for some reason, this one is just special and I can’t figure out why.”
Advocate staff writer Terry L. Jones ....