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Minutes of the Regular Meeting May 4, 2010
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MINUTES OF THE ROAD COMMITTEE MEETING
WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY
MAY 4, 2010
 
MEMBERS PRESENT:   Steve Ramsey, Chairman; Steve Lemmons, Vice-Chairman; Vera Davison, Jerri Lee, Jim Bonsall; C. C. Cox; Jimmy Thomas; Steve Duggan; Bruce Blanton; Daniel Thomas, and Charles Walker, President
MEMBER ABSENT: Charles Odom
 
Mr. Steve Ramsey called the meeting to order and asked COL Carl Thompson to open the meeting with prayer. 
 
The first item on the agenda is discussion of Harvey Loop to be surfaced with 3-shot at an estimated cost of $45,697.66 from Road District A funding. Mr. Jim Bonsall moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to approve the surfacing of Harvey Loop. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Steve Lemmons moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Duggan to surface (2-shot) Tom Crichton Road using Road District A funding for an estimated cost of $18,834.08. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Jimmy Thomas to approve the adoption of design exception stated by DOTD for broken-back curve, super elevation and vertical alignment and to designate low speed limit posted speed with additional signage for safety. Motion carried unanimously, pending legal review. 
 
Mr. Steve Duggan moved, seconded by Mr. Charles Walker to ratify the action taken last month pending paperwork from the Village of Shongaloo to have Fire Truck located at the Civic Center moved to the Bayou Dorcheat Correction Center. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Jerri Lee to approve a Resolution from the Town of Sibley to lay hot mix to build an 8’ oval walking track, Sibley paying all cost. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Steve Duggan moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to remove the two Homeland Security trailers located at the Shongaloo road barn location on request from the Mayor of Shongaloo and transfer  them to the Sibley Road Barn location. The trailers will be declared surplus and put in the next auction or destroyed. Motion carried unanimously. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Brad Graff, Parish Engineer reported that he had gotten an opinion from the Department of Transportation that Parish Transportation Funds could be used for maintenance of parish roads. Mr. Graff will get a letter from DOTD confirming this, or he will provide a letter stating what he was told.
 
Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Jimmy Thomas to approve two Resolutions from the City of Springhill.
Resolution #1 -  To request that the Police Jury enter into a cooperate endeavor with the City to resurface Lakewood Drive and portions of 14th S.E. and make repairs to 2nd Street and 3rd Street in Pinehill where culverts were replaced with the City paying for materials and the Police Jury responsible for labor and equipment, and the entire project will not exceed $149,999.00.
Resolution #2 – To request the Police Jury to resurface 8th Street N.E. and make repairs where the culvert was replaced at Elm Street and 3rd Street S.E. using municipality funding. 
Motion carried unanimously approving both Resolutions.
 
Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to approve a quote for recycling of 6th Street N.E. in Springhill. Only one quote was received and it is from Benton Brown Contractors to recycle 6th Street N.E. from Machen Drive to Spring branch Road (1,462 feet) for a total cost of $3,950.00 at an estimated time of 8 hours. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Charles Walker moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to set the speed limit on Pine Street to 25 MPH from end to end. Motion carried unanimously.
 
The next item on the agenda is to approve a Resolution from the Town of Sarepta for the following:
a-       Fill pothole at 24444 Hwy 371.
b-       Clean ditch on the north side of Sexton Street beginning 258 Sexton to the next drive east of 258 Sexton.
c-       Clean ditch south side of Boyett St. beginning at 167 Boyett to 2nd St.
d-       Clean ditch at 199 Boyett Subdivision
e-       Build up ditch and road at 229 Cave St.
f-        Build up drop off on edge of 141 Matthews St.
g-       Possible replace culvert between 117 and 153 N. Cave St.
h-       Repair pot hole on Harper St. between Boyett Subdivision and curve.
Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Bruce Blanton to approve the proposed Resolution. Motion carried unanimously.
 
 
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Mr. Charles Walker moved, seconded by Mrs. Jerri Lee to agree to deliver Rip Rap to Camp Minden, specifically Knottingham Trail and to Rifle Range Trail per amended Cooperative Endeavor with the Louisiana Military Department. Louisiana Military will pay for materials to be delivered. Motion carried unanimously.
 
The next item on the agenda is discussion of a newly designed “Patriotic” sign for littering presented by Daniel Thomas. The sign depicts the American Flag background with the slogan “Patriotic Americans Don’t Litter”. Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Charles Walker to develop this sign and slogan as a standard for the parish and to send the proposed sign to our Legislative Delegation and have the delegation present to the state for consideration as the state’s sign and slogan. Motion carried unanimously. Mayor Carroll Breaux stated that he would put on the Springhill City Council Agenda consideration of the new litter sign.
 
Mr. Jim Bonsall moved, seconded by Mr. Charles Walker to name Dennis Cheatham as Unit I Asst. Forman. There will be no change in pay. Motion carried. Yes: 9;    No: 2- Davison & Lee; Absent: 1
 
Mr. Steve Ramsey presented two Resolutions for consideration and discussion by the committee concerning Lake Bistineau: The first is to apply for Wallop Breaux funding for a “Deep Water” Boat Access Site on Lake Bistineau. The parish is waiting to obtaining a cost estimate for the project, and that is contingent upon the site survey to be performed by the state. Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Jim Bonsall to move forward with the Resolution pending cost estimates to be included. Motion carried unanimously.
The next Resolution is concerning the Lake Bistineau Task Force, the purpose of the Task Force is to address the needs of Lake Bistineau. The Task Force Board will be comprised of 15 members;  three members from each of the three parishes that touch the lake, Bossier, Bienville, and Webster; a designate from the three water conservation offices; agency representatives to serve in an advisory capacity only; and Trailblazer RC&D will provide staff support. The Jury will vote on this Resolution at the 10:30 Regular Meeting. The three appointees from Webster will be Charles Walker, Jim Bonsall, and Steve Ramsey.
 
Judge Graydon Kitchens spoke on the deposition of a complaint of violation of WPPJ Ordinance #957. The complaint is for 1731 Dorcheat Road. The owner has complied and there does not present a violation at this time. There have been other complaints concerning the business located at this property. The traveling road committee will go out to the site this month.
 
Mr. C. C. Cox moved, seconded by Mr. Bruce Blanton to approve a Resolution from the Cotton Valley Fire District #8 to replace a culvert at the site of the CV Fire District # 8 off of LA 371.   Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Jim Bonsall reported on the progress to establish a Permit System for Webster to govern heavy equipment traffic. A committee was appointed to continue to study the permitting issue: Steve Ramsey, Daniel Thomas, Charles Odom, Jim Bonsall, and Charles Walker. A meeting is set for Monday, May 10, 2010 at 9:00 A.M.
 
Mr. Steve Duggan moved, seconded by Mr. C. C. Cox to declare surplus equipment to be put in the next auction and to have some equipment and supplies destroyed. A list of the equipment is attached for the record. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Steve Duggan moved, seconded by Mr. Charles Walker to approve a Resolution from the Village of Shongaloo to finish Bailey Loop using municipality funding. Motion carried unanimously.
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                               
Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                 Steve Ramsey
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                  Chairman – Road
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY
May 4, 2010
 
MEMBERS PRESENT: Charles Walker, President; Vera Davison, Vice President; Jim Bonsall; Jerri Lee; Steve Duggan; Daniel Thomas; Bruce Blanton; Steve Lemmons; C. C. Cox; Steve Ramsey; Jimmy Thomas
MEMBER ABSENT:                 Charles Odom
 
Mr. Charles Walker, President, called the meeting to order and asked Mrs. Dathene Brown to lead in Prayer followed by COL Carl Thompson with the Pledge of Allegance.
 
Mr. Walker then asked for additions to the agenda. Mr. C. C. Cox moved, seconded by Mr. Bruce Blanton to add:
*5C. Resolution to request to have the State restore funding for State Library of Louisiana budget for 2010-2011;
*5D. Resolution in support of South Webster Industrial District Capital Outlay Application;
*5E. Resolution applying for Wallop Breaux Funding for “deep water” boat access on Lake Bistineau; *Comments- Stream Preservation Alliance, Mr. Lane Merritt;
*To change the wording on item #9 to Call for an Election for the Village of Shongaloo to dissolve Village Fire Department and merge with Shongaloo Volunteer Fire District #9 pending legal approval.
Motion carried unanimously.
 
Ms. Vera Davison moved, seconded by Mrs. Jerri Lee to adopt the minutes from the April 6, 2010 Administrative Committee Meeting, the April 6, 2010 Intergovernmental Committee Meeting, the April 6, 2010 Road Committee Meeting, and the April 6, 2010 Regular Meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mrs. Jerri Lee moved, seconded by Mr. Jimmy Thomas to approve invoices for payment pending review of the committee. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Jim Bonsall moved, seconded by Mr. Bruce Blanton to adopt a Proclamation stating that May is “Older American’s Month”. Mrs. Dathene Brown, Director for the Council on Aging made the presentation. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Jim Bonsall moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Ramsey approve a Resolution to establish the Lake Bistineau Task Force. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Steve Duggan moved, seconded by Ms. Vera Davison to approve a Resolution to request the State to fund the LSU Ag-Center at the 2008-2009 funding level. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. C. C. Cox moved, seconded by Mr. Jimmy Thomas to approve a Resolution to request that funding be restored to the State Library of Louisiana Budget for 2010-2011. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Steve Ramsey moved, seconded by Mr. Jim Bonsall to approve a Resolution of support for the South Webster Industrial District application for Capital Outlay Funding to improve infrastructure at the South Webster Industrial District. Mr. Mike Moore with the SWID presented the Resolution for consideration. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Jim Bonsall moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to approve the Resolution applying for Wallop Breaux funding for a “Deep Water” Access on Lake Bistineau pending cost figures. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Bruce Blanton moved, seconded by Mrs. Jerri Lee to appoint the Board of Commissioners for the Springhill Fire District #11:
Larry Haskins, President, 12/2010                                                          Danny Mason, 12/2011
Tony Seney, Vice President, 12/2011                                                     Richard Johnson, 12/2010
Wilbert Flanigan, 12/2011
Motion carried unanimously.
 
Ms. Vera Davison moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to advertise for Official Journal for the advertising period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. C. C. Cox moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Ramsey to advertise for bid on the Renew Louisiana EECBG Program. Motion carried unanimously.
 
 
 
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Mr. Steve Duggan moved, seconded by Mr. Daniel Thomas to call for an election for the Village of Shongaloo to dissolve Village Fire Department and merge with the Shongaloo volunteer Fire District #9 pending legal approval. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Daniel Thomas presented a new Litter sign and Slogan for use in Webster Parish. This sign has a flag background with the slogan “Patriotic Americans Do Not Litter” . Mr. Daniel Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Ramsey to adopt the sign for the parish and to encourage and support the slogan and sign be forwarded to the state for consideration as a new sign/slogan for Litter Control in Louisiana. Motion carried unanimously.
 
Mr. Lane Merritt with the Stream Preservation Alliance made a presentation in opposition to the action taken at the April 5, 2010 Road Committee Meeting to not allow overnight camping at any parish owned property, especially at boat launches owned by the parish. Mr. Merritt expressed that may people use the Peterson Landing for this purpose. After much discussion concerning this issue, no action was taken.
 
MONTHLY REPORTS:
Fran Harvey                             WPPJ Office of Community Services
Wanda Finley                          WPPJ Head Start
Beverly Hammett                     WP Library
Lynn Warnock Dorsey                        WP Tourism
Mayor Ava McWhorter                        WP Humane Association
Chris Broussard                                   Cultural Crossroads
COL Carl Thompson               Camp Minden, LA Military
John Stanley                            WPPJ Office of Homeland Security
 
Mr. Steve Ramsey moved, seconded by Mr. Steve Lemmons to approve the action of the Road Committee Meeting held earlier today. Motion carried unanimously.
 
There being no further business to bring before the Jury, the meeting adjourned.
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                               
Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                 Charles R. Walker
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                  President
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY
RESOLUTION # 009 
 
A RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR WALLOP BREAUX FUNDING FOR A “DEEP WATER” BOAT ACCESS SITE ON LAKE BISTINEAU A THE “PORT OF BISTINEAU”
WHEREAS             The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have implemented a plan to retard the growth of the noxious weed, Giant Salvinia, on Lake Bistineau, and there will be a manipulated draw down of the Lake for an extended period of time, and
WHEREAS             The Webster Parish Police Jury has determined that there will be a need for deep water access for boats when the water levels are reduced more than 7 feet below pool level. Also there is difficulty launching boats when the water levels are reduced by 7 feet, and
WHEREAS             The deep water boat access will enable citizens as well as tourist visiting Lake Bistineau to use this deep water boat access for fishing and pleasure boating opportunities. The access will also provide enforcement of safe boating regulations and when needed emergency access to the waterway, and
WHEREAS             A Property Lease / Use agreement with the property owner of Port of Bistineau and the Webster Parish Police Jury has been executed, and
WHEREAS             Specifications for the project have been completed and a cost estimate will be submitted upon the completion of the survey by the State of Louisiana, and
WHEREAS,            The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries accepts grant applications for Wallop-Breaux Funds for boating access projects on a 75% - 25% match basis, and the Webster Parish Police Jury is assured that this project will be considered for funding, and
WHEREAS,            The Webster Parish Police Jury has determined that it can comply with the Assurances required in the Wallop-Breaux grant application.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,            The Webster Parish Police Jury will apply for a Wallop-Breaux grant to fund 75% of the cost of the Lake Bistineau Deep Water Boat Access Project, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,            The Webster Parish Police Jury share of the project cost (25%) will be provided in Property appraisal and if necessary “In Kind” services.
This Resolution, on motion of                 Jim Bonsall             , duly seconded by Daniel Thomas, was adopted by unanimous vote on this the 4th            day of             May                         , 2010 in Regular Session in a duly noticed meeting of the Webster Parish Police Jury, at which a quorum was present.
WHEREUPON, the Resolution was declared duly adopted.
 
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Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                                 Charles R. Walker
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                                 President
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WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY
RESOLUTION # 010-2010
A Resolution that will establish the LAKE BISTINEAU TASK FORCE (BTF) whose purpose is to address the needs of Lake Bistineau. THE MISSION STATEMENT of the Lake Bistineau Task Force is to build a coalition of stakeholders to coordinate with the state to rehabilitate Lake Bistineau.
WHEREAS             The Webster Parish Police Jury, The Bossier Parish Police Jury, and The Bienville Parish Police Jury are the governing authority for the parishes of Webster, Bossier, and Bienville Parish, and
WHEREAS             Lake Bistineau has boundaries that touch the three parishes of Webster, Bossier, and Bienville, and The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is the agency of the state that is charged with the management of Lake Bistineau as well as other lakes located within the State of Louisiana, and
WHEREAS             A Lake Bistineau Task Force (BTF) will be established whose mission is to build a coalition of stakeholders to coordinate with the state to rehabilitate Lake Bistineau and to implement a Grassroots Plan to meet the long range needs of Lake Bistineau, and
WHEREAS             The Lake Bistineau Task Force comprised of 15 Members will include equal representation from the three parishes with three members that will be appointed by each police jury and two members by each of the SWCD’s (Saline, Dorcheat & Bodcau); Agency Representatives will serve in an advisory capacity only; Trailblazer RC&D will provide staff support for all work team/project activities; and
WHEREAS             Including, but not limited to, the activities endorsed and proposed by The Lake Bistineau Task Force will be to:  
*Work with the Louisianan Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to achieve a lake drawdown to the Dorcheat Level;
 *Plan and conduct a public information campaign; Develop and distribute monthly press releases regarding BTF activities;
*Plan and conduct “Special Events” to improve the lake and to involve citizens;
*Conduct inventories of camp sites and homes on the lake as well as to identify point and non point source pollution;
*Develop a management plan for the entire watershed;
*Encourage and support research for a biological control agent to work against Salvinia; Encourage and support the installation of channel markers in the lake; Support strategic tree removal as needed; and
*Establish a “Bistineau Recovery Fund” based on contributions and donations.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED        on this the                4th            day of      May                         , 2010
                The Webster Parish Police Jury in Regular Session does hereby adopt Webster parish Resolution # 010-2010 establishing the Lake Bistineau Task Force by the following vote:
Yea: 11            Nay: 0           Absent: 1            Abstain: 0
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Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                                                 Charles R. Walker
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                                                 President                                
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Webster Parish Police Jury
Resolution # 011-2010
 
Resolution to fund the LSU AgCenter at the July 1, 2008 Level
 
To urge and request that the Governor, state legislators, and the Louisiana Board of Regents fully fund the LSU AgCenter (LSUAC) at the 2008-09 level of state appropriations due to the critical economic development and educational services they provide in all 64 Louisiana parishes.
WHEREAS, agricultural research developed through the Experiment Stations and delivery of research through the Cooperative Extension Service is vital and necessary to provide the technology to help farmers and ranchers provide a high quality, safe and affordable food supply for Louisiana people, and
WHEREAS, agricultural research and cooperative extension outreach is vital and necessary to provide the technology to support agricultural production and development related jobs in Louisiana, an industry worth over $30 Billion to the Louisiana economy, and
WHEREAS, the AgCenter’s 20 off campus research stations provide core research support for Louisiana farmers and ranchers, and
WHEREAS, the AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Service is a parish partner providing research-based information to farmers, ranchers, and citizens throughout the state through 64 parish-based offices that are provided by local government, and
WHEREAS, over 150 local police juries, consolidated governments, school boards, district attorney’s and sheriffs in Louisiana are currently participating in and supporting cooperative agreements with the LSU AgCenter supporting Parish level programs, and
WHEREAS, the LSU AgCenter implements a very effective 4-H youth development program impacting over 225,000 children in all 64 parishes. This program is vital to the education and life skill development of Louisiana youth; and
WHEREAS, the AgCenter’s family and consumer Science programs provide critical information to families on nutrition, healthy lifestyles, financial management, and childhood development, and
WHEREAS, through this partnership, research-based information is developed and transferred through an effective system in every parish using grass roots advisory councils that identify local needs, based on citizen involvement,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Webster Parish Police Jury recommends full funding for the LSU AgCenter (LSUAC) at the July 1, 2008 funding level of state appropriations and encourages the Governor, state legislators, and the Louisiana Board of Regents to support and take action to meet the request outlined in this resolution.
 
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Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                                 Charles R. Walker
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                                 President
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Webster Parish Police Jury
Resolution #_012-2010______
 
Resolution to respectfully request that $2,946,634 be restored to the State Library of Louisiana Budget for 2010-2011 and to register concerns regarding
the shifting of public services from Federal and State agencies to public libraries.
 
WHEREAS, Louisiana’s public libraries have a long and proud heritage of service in providing information, education, and recreation to all; and
WHEREAS, public libraries demonstrated the importance of having a statewide infrastructure already in place in case of emergencies, such as the devastating hurricanes; and
WHEREAS, the State of Louisiana  has repeatedly reduced the budget of the State Library of Louisiana, resulting in public libraries losing programs and services that citizens have come to depend on, as well as essential administrative and staff training, and research databases; and
WHEREAS, Federal Government agencies such as Internal Revenue, Census Bureau, and Health and Human Services are shifting responsibilities to local libraries to provide online client access points; and
WHEREAS, State agencies such as the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Department of Motor Vehicles, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Division of Motor Vehicles, and Department of Social Services are recommending public libraries as client access points for agency services; and
WHEREAS, this shift in the delivery of Federal and State government services to local public libraries is changing the traditional model of public library service and forcing the burden of providing Federal and State services upon the local taxpayers through support of their local libraries; and
WHEREAS, all libraries do not have the space, staff, technological resources, or specialized training to deliver these services in addition to the traditional library services that are expected by local taxpayers;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Webster Parish Police Jury registers their concerns and respectfully requests that the budget of the State Library of Louisiana be restored by $2,946,634 for fiscal year 2010-2011 in order to adequately provide for the needs of State government as well as the continued provision of services to the people of the State through their public libraries.
AND, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Federal and State government agencies refrain from shifting the responsibilities for serving their clients to public libraries until such time as they can also provide additional library funding to cover the costs of additional staff, space, training, computers, Internet access and increased bandwidth to help libraries provide these additional services.
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Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                 Charles R. Walker
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                 President
 
WEBSTER PARISH POLICE JURY
RESOLUTION # 013 
 
WHEREAS,                          The Webster Parish Police Jury as the Governing Authority for the Parish of Webster does hereby endorse and support all efforts for economic development within the Parish of Webster and all of North Louisiana, and
 
WHEREAS,                          The South Webster Industrial District Park submitted to the State of Louisiana a Capital Outlay Request for the construction of an extension to the SWID Drive to connect with Highway 371, which will provide highway and park access to a new tenant to the SWID park with more than 30 new good paying jobs. The development will also provide a much needed second entrance to help alleviate traffic congestion within the park and promote safe ingress and egress for the employees and customers of the Park’s current and future business, and
 
WHEREAS,                          The once completed access and additional entrance to the SWID Park
will compliment the planned development of an at-grade railroad crossing to facilitate the development of nearly 200 acres of additional industrial sites, as well as complement existing industry already located in SWID.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED                    The Webster Parish Police Jury in Regular Session this the 4th day of May, 2010    do hereby unanimously vote to endorse and support the efforts of the South Webster Industrial District to apply to the State of Louisiana for funding of this most worthy project to bring new industry to our Parish that has suffered the loss of several businesses and production sites over the last year.
 
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Ronda C. Carnahan                                                                                 Charles R. Walker
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                                 President
 
OLDER AMERICANS MONTH 2010
A PROCLAMATION
 
WHEREAS, Webster Parish is a community that includes over 6,000 citizens aged 60 and older; and
WHEREAS, the older adults in Webster Parish are among of our most “treasured resources,” united by historical experiences, strengthened by diversity, and interpreting events through varied perspectives and backgrounds to bring wisdom and insight to our community; and
WHEREAS, increasing number of adults are reaching retirement age and remaining strong and active for longer than ever before; and
WHEREAS, the older adults in Webster Parish deserve recognitions for the contributions they have made and will continue to make to the culture, economy, and character of our community and our nation; and
WHEREAS, our community can provide that recognition and respect by improving the quality of life for older Americans by:
Increasing their opportunities to remain active and engaged in community life;
 
Providing individualized services and support systems to maintain the dignity, independence, and self-determination of older Americans as they age;
 
Combating ageist attitudes by honoring their past, present, and future contributions;
NOW THEREFORE, The Webster Parish Police Jury do hereby proclaim May 2010 to be Older Americans Month. We urge every citizen to take time this month to honor our older adults and the professionals, family members, and volunteers who care for many of them. Our recognition and involvement of older Americans can enrich our entire community’s quality of life.
 
Dated this 4th day of May, 2010
Webster Parish Police Jury
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Ronda Carnahan                                                                        Charles Walker
Secretary-Treasurer                                                                     President
 
 

 

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