Road safety was a concern at the Webster Parish Police Jury and Road Committee meetings on October 4. Accidents on Goodwill Road, inebriated drivers dodging Bossier deputies and a reduced speed limit were among the topics discussed.
Prompted by concern regarding a number of serious accidents on Goodwill Road, a Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) safety audit was performed by the state.
Expressing concern that the constituents were not satisfied with the audit, Parish Attorney Patrick Jackson said, "The only thing the [Police Jury] can do at this point is to add a resolution to ask the DOTD to do further investigation to see if additional signage or lights are warranted."
The resolution was approved unanimously.
The Road Committee voted to reduce and post the speed limit on Point Road to 15 mph, from Yates Road east to the dead end. Point Road narrows near a school bus stop creating concern for the safety of children on their way to school.
According to jury president Charlie Walker, Gas Plant Road is used as a route between Camp Joy Road and Highway 527 to avoid major Bossier Parish roads.
"They know that Webster Parish doesn't have a deputy there most of the time and that the Bossier deputies will get them," Walker said.
A public hearing will be held at next month's meeting to investigate placing a gate on a private portion of the road to prevent through traffic.
The second Webster Parish Recycling Day will be held on October 29 from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the parish fairgrounds. Electronic waste, paints, and other items not normally accepted by the landfill can be dropped off. Paint will be combined into five gallon cans and made available for free. The American Legion will provide food.
National Guard Colonel Carl Thompson said that construction on the Armed Forces Readiness Center is progressing well since the groundbreaking on September 7.
Col. Thompson also said that Louisiana Adjutant General Major General Bennett Landreneau was impressed by the general public's support in Webster.
"It is obvious this is a patriotic community," Gen. Landreneau said.
The placement of security cameras in schools is proceeding, according to John Stanley, OEP/Homeland Security Director. Currently they are waiting for static IP addresses from AT&T.
After having visited many other parish juries in the state, jury member Charles Odom said, "I appreciate every village and town in how we all cooperate with each other here in Webster."
Resolutions passed at the jury and committee meetings were:
Fran Harvey was approved to sign documents for the Webster Parish Police Jury Office of Community Services.
A Letter of Support was approved for the repair of a gymnasium in Heflin.
Two un-posted speed limits will now be posted, 35 mph on Wise Road and 40 mph on Mimosa Lane.
Advertisement for Material Bids for 2012 will be handled on a month-to-month basis while the police jury investigates the costs and benefits of an electronic bidding system.
OEM/Homeland Security Director Stanley requested assistance with purchase of a new vehicle.
A hiring freeze was put in place for the remainder of the year, except in emergency circumstances. Applications for employment will continue to be accepted.
Repairs to the parking lot of Lakeside School in Sibley were approved pending paperwork. The school will pay for labor and materials.
The asphalting of road to the front and side of Sibley Town hall was also approved.
Mowing in multiple places around Sarepta was approved. The lift station on Cave Street and Worsham Street was excluded from approval due to concerns over equipment damage and location access.
Police Jury Employee Appreciation Day will be held on Friday November 4.