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Police Jury scores good audit


Bossier Parish Police Jury Treasurer Sheryl Thomas has announced her retirement effective July 18 and she was delivered some very good news at her last jury meeting Wednesday.

“For Sheryl’s last official audit, there are no findings or questioned costs,” reported Travis Morehart of Cook & Morehart, CPAs, the firm tasked to review the police jury 2016 audit.

Morehart told jury members the budget fund balance increased by $775,000 with an ending fund balance increase of approximately $3.6 million.

“You know each year we encourage everybody to increase that fund balance and you did. That’s at least two to three years in a row. You’re moving in the right direction and that’s good news,” he said.

Morehart also told jurors they would find nothing negative in his letter accompanying the audit.

Referring to planned projects in the parish, Parish Engineer Butch Ford said he was suggesting the future east/west roadway be split into smaller segments.

“With smaller segments we can get funding from NLCOG (North Louisiana Council of Governments),” he said. “We can seek funds for engineering and move from the west and east ends, from Bellevue Rd. and La. Hwy. 3. The central part would be the last to finish.”

In other business Wednesday, jury members:

·      Adopted property tax millage rates for 2017 covering the general alimony tax, highway tax, library tax, health unit tax and correctional facilities tax.

·      Adopted the EMS user fee and the acreage tax for 2017.

·      Scheduled a public hearing Aug. 2 to consider approval of the plat of proposed development of Bodcau Ridge subdivision.

·      Approved a report from the property standards board of review to begin condemnation hearings on five separate properties.

·      Ratified and accepted a recommendation from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) board of appeals to uphold findings of a CVEU officer.

·      Reappointed Billy Montgomery to the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission advisory board for a two-year term.

·      Adopted a resolution authorizing the jury president to execute a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in connection with the federal off-system bridge rehabilitation and replacement program.

·      Approved donation of a 2016 Jeep to the Bossier Parish Communications District.

·      Accepted a proposal from Professional Service Industries, Inc. to perform subsurface exploration for the Vanceville Rd. bridge over Willow Chute Bayou.

·      Approved a proposal from Michael A. Graham, MAI, for appraisal review services on the Bossier north/south corridor (Swan Lake Rd. improvements from Flat River to Crouch Rd.).

·      Approved a plat of the proposed Melrose Avenue dedication in lots of the Viking Dr. Industrial Park.

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