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|Two Franklin jury meetings on tap|
Two meetings are scheduled by the Franklin Parish Police Jury during the coming week which should attract public interest.
A special meeting is set for Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. to address the issue of releasing hogs into the wild for future sport hunting and the jury's regular session is set for Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. where drainage and water issues are expected to attract attention.
The feral hog problem, evidenced by crop destruction, has been showcased by farmers since early April with calls for a unified effort to stop the problem.
The Jury, in its most recent special meeting, agreed to issue a law preventing the release of swine for hunting as a first legal step in controlling the destruction.
The jurors also agreed to consider providing the labor needed to construct large hog traps to assist farmers in there effort to curb the hog population in the parish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries considers Franklin Parish one of four parishes with a major agricultural problem related to destruction from feral hogs.
Major issues facing jurors as the consider hog-related laws are penalties and enforcement measures.
The early agenda for the regular meeting includes drainage in Wisner and the possibility of changing the direction of water flow in a Highway 555 subdivision.
The jury is also expected to formally hire an engineering services administrator to coordinate the parish's requirements for complying with hurricane recovery funding.
A representative of the National Resource and Conservation Service and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers are expected to address the jury on parish wet land concerns.