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|Jury takes steps toward buy-outs|
Setting the stage for a flood-related home buyout program and the status of two local boards dominated Franklin Parish Police Jury business Thursday night.
Jurors appointed Mitch Reynolds, director of the Franklin Parish Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, to begin inquiries which will lead to a buyout program in the parish. Federal funds are available to the states for such programs, but regulations call for the need for such a program come from local levels.
The jury discussed the possibility of adding a physician to the board of directors of the Franklin Medical Center but set a decision for the next regular meeting.
Also pending the next meeting is a request to establish a local advisory board for children and youth planning. The request, from Sharon McCall, a contractor representing the Governor's office, asked for up to 13 members to form a board required by a 2003 law concerning juvenile justice.
McCall said similar boards also need to be formed in Richland and West Carroll parishes before a Fifth District advisory board for children and youth can be established, also a requirement of the law.
Following a brief public discussion, the jury decided to continue Powers Lane as a public road rather than allow it to go private and in another discussion agreed to take public another private road after right-of-way approvals.
Jury President Harvey Guimbellot was appointed administrator for details concerning the $800,000 overlay of Union Church Road, a state-funded repair effort which has been dramatically altered by rising costs in the past several months. The length of road has been reduced by almost half because of the cost of raw materials since the contract was reached.
The jury also approved financing for $86,042 for equipment for the parish First District No. 2 and agreed to write a letter of appreciation to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for its help in litter and dumping problems in the parish.
Parish Superintendent Greg Humphries discussed wording on pending hurricane-related contracts and said the parish would hire five additional employees through an arrangement with the Workforce Investment Board.
A flood buyout program has been a frequent subject at past flood-related meetings.
The program has no relation to Federal Emergency Management Agency funding or recovery programs and is a cooperative agreement between state and local governments, with federal funds. There is a cost sharing component but the local government must identify the need and take the first steps.