Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Judge swears in police jury


Swearing in of police jurors, some standard "housekeeping" duties and a just-under-$67,000 check, brought in 2012 at Monday's Webster Parish Police Jury (WPPJ) meeting.

Allen Gilbert and Randy Thomas began their first terms along with Perry Kirkland who returns from a more than 10 year hiatus. The three joined nine returning jurors to be sworn in for four-year terms by Judge Harmon Drew, Jr.

The jurors are: District 1, Bruce Blanton; District 2, Allen Gilbert; District 3, Daniel Thomas; District 4, Randy Thomas; District 5, Perry Kirkland; District 6, Jim Bonsall; District 7, Steve Lemmons; District 8, Charles Odom; District 9, Jerri M. Lee; District 10, Vera Davison; District 11, Steve Ramsey and District 12, Charles Walker.

The jurors then elected Walker as president and Davison as vice president.

"It is an honor for me to be president of the police jury, and it is an honor to me to have Vera as my vice president," Walker said, "The president always gets the good, the bad and whatever, but she covers the Webster Parish Police Jury well and supports the functions of the president."

"I am honored that y'all voted for me this time," Davison said. "As Mr. Walker said, he can't always be everywhere, so he can call me at the last minute. I do not have another job."

Ronda Carnahan was appointed Secretary-Treasurer, and Lisa Balkom was appointed Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

Adopting budgets, authorizing Walker and Carnahan to sign documents on behalf of WPPJ and approval to pay invoices rounded out the standard "housekeeping" duties of the meeting.

Chesapeake Energy Public Affairs Manager Jennifer Voison presented a $66,981.14 check to WPPJ for 2011 property taxes.

"Everyone is aware that in 2008 Haynesville Shale took this area by storm," she said. "As a result of that, some of our tax proceeds are given to parishes such as Webster."

Of the $9 million paid by Chesapeake for 2011, DeSoto Parish received the largest share at $7.3 million.

Other agenda items and reports included:

Adoption of an emergency resolution to assist Sarepta with levy saturation and soil erosion issues. Repairs were paid for by Sarepta and performed by WPPJ.

Community Water Enrichment Fund grants were approved for: Doyline Water Works, $6,610; Bistineau Water Works, $34,200; Germantown Water Works, $35,000 and Jenkins Water Works, $25,000.

Joey Montondo appointed to two-year term on Springhill Fire District 11 Board, replacing Tony Seney.

Bryan Montgomery appointed to one-year term on Springhill Fire District 11 Board, replacing Danny Mason whose term expired.

Andy Hanson appointed to five-year term on Sarepta Water Board.

Gary Greene re-appointed to one-year term on Dixie Inn Fire District 7 Board.

Hershell Jones appointed to two-year term on Cotton Valley Fire District 8 Board, filling the spot vacated by returning juror Perry Kirkland.

Allen Green and Williamson were engaged for the 2011 audit, and Jamieson, Wise and Martin were engaged for preparation of Trial Balance and other CPA duties.

Assistant District Attorney Sherb Sentell thanked WPPJ for the new sound systems installed in both parish courtrooms.

Beverly Hammett reported that 2011 was an eventful and successful year for Webster Parish Library. She said Heflin's branch has seen 108 transactions since reopening and its new children's computer has been used seven times. Also, laptops made available through the library in October, have been checked out around 50 times.

Lynn Dorsey reported much success in many projects, including Minden's first participation in the Holiday Trail of Lights, for Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission in 2011. New members Jerry Madden and Terry Snook were also present.






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