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Franklin Parish Police Jurors replaced the company handling building code inspections at its regular meeting last Thursday night and took a stand against any more black bears in the parish.
"I think we should oppose this," said President Harvey Gimbellot of the state's proposal to increase black bear habitat in several Louisiana parishes, including Franklin.
He reasoned that beavers had been brought into the parish with good intentions only to create, "problems today" and that the resulting increase in beaver ponds were leading to "problems with alligators."
"I don't want to see somebody hurt by a bear," Gimbellot said.
All four of the jurors present at the time voted to sent a letter of opposition to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department which had proposed the habitat increase several weeks ago.
In replacing the building inspection company, Juror Buddy Parks observed: "I've compared the prices of the two and they both look about the same, but theirs (the West Monroe comapny) doesn't have a $100 reinspection fee."
With little other discussion Inspections Unlimited replaced the Institute for Builing Technology and Safety of Baton Rouge (IBTS) as the building code inspector for the parish.
Larry Walters of Crowville, an engineer with IBTS was on hand to give the jurors a flood damage assessment program which his company was prepared to offer the parish. "I had no idea this was coming," Walters said following the meeting.
At its October meeting, Jurors voted to alert the Baton Rouge company by letter that its contract was under review.
Walters served as primary building code inspector for the past two years, one each with two different companies.
Jurors also heard a very preliminary financial report from newly appointed treasurer Sam Wiggins who said all final details would be available at a financial meeting scheduled Dec. 22 in the jury chambers. The report from Wiggins was the first financial report the jury had recieved in several months, due mostly to a change in the treasurer's position.
In other actions, the Jury voted to close all operations at noon on Dec. 23 and return to work on Jan. 5.
All requested beer permit renewals were approved.
At Parks' insistance, a resident will be requested via letter to cooperate with a ditch cleaning program and jurors decided on a two pronged approach to the prospect of naming a physician to the board of directors of Franklin Medical Center.
The first would be ask for legal assistance in increasing the number of board members and the second would be to name a doctor to the board in the event of a board member resignation or term expiration.
Ken McManus, consulting engineer to the parish, gave jurors a list of projects which were presented to the federal government in a hastily called meeting last week. The project list was intended to aid the incoming federal administration with plans for a national economic stimulus package.