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|Police jury adopts tournament rule|
The Franklin Parish Police Jury decided at the regular meeting Thursday that all bass fishing tournaments on parish lakes will be "catch and re-lease" tournaments.
"Allen Butler (a local tournament director) has talked to me and a few folks about catch and release and the weights on these tournaments," said police jury president Harvey Ray Guimbellot. "We need to pass a resolution on all our lakes in the parish on these bass tournaments to be catch and release."
After discussion verifying that the rule would only apply to tournament fishing, the jury unanimously agreed to the resolution.
This comes on the heels of a successfull catch and release effort by the jury which returned some 1,000 pounds of bass to Turkey Creek after a May 3 tournament.
Juror Leroy Scott brought up the topic that the jury's lack of a Web site – and thus no internet postings of jury business – might make the jury noncompliant with rules regulating the access to public information.
Scott said another Northeast Louisiana jury was cited for not having an "official resource" on the internet.
"(We need) an official resource through the internet where anything that goes on in this parish, our constituents will be able to pull it up," Scott said.
Juror Ray Young said the jury is in compliance because public notices are published in the official journal.
"I can't believe we are out of compliance because we don't have a Web site," Young said.
Scott offered to bring additional information on the topic to the jury for consideration at the June meeting.
Later in the meeting the jury voted The Franklin Sun as the official parish journal for another year.
On the topic of home rule charter the jury agreed to invite a speaker to attend the June meeting to give information on home rule charter, how it works and the pros and cons of that form of local government.
The jury turned down a request from a citizen for permission to graze cattle on a parish right-of-way, deciding that there would be legal issues involved in such action.