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Police Jury hears debris pickup report


Mother Nature has taken center stage again in Bossier Parish, and police jury highway department workers are busy cleaning up the aftermath of another round of inclement weather that rolled through last week.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford said crews are getting to areas where damage is heaviest and trying to finish cleanup operations as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

“Mark (Coutee, Public Works Director) has been getting to them as quickly as we can. We’re taking calls from people with all kinds of debris and putting them in order. We’re doing the things that are crucial right now, but we will get to everyone.”

Ford said the highway department crews will pick up any debris from fallen trees and limbs that homeowners place on the roadside. He reminded residents that public employees are prohibited by law from working on private property.

Coutee told the jury his workers have already hauled away 40, 12-yard dump truck loads of debris and there’s still plenty of work to do. “We have probably another week to go at least,” he said.

“Our people were out there during these storms. We hope you will let them know how much we appreciate what they do,” jury member Wanda Bennett told Coutee.

Also at Wednesday’s police jury meeting, members:

·      Scheduled a public hearing May 16 to consider approval of a plat for the proposed development of Dogwood South subdivision, unit 3-B.

·      Agreed to close a property standards case following a two-week review.

·      Accepted reports from the jury road/subdivision regulations and parks and recreation committees.

·      Proclaimed the week of May 6-12 as Men and Women’s Lung Health Week.

·      Adopted a resolution supporting Valveworks USA and allowing the company to receive local benefits of the Quality Jobs Program.

·      Approved documents for the option and sale of five acres in Viking Drive Industrial Park to Axis Construction.

·      Approved documents for option and sale of 10 acres in Viking Drive Industrial Park to Hydroline, LLC.

·      Approved a change order for road and drainage improvement.

·      Approved an original agreement (emergency relief) between the state DOTD and the Bossier Parish Police Jury for Bellevue Rd. emergency repairs.

·      Accepted streets and drainage in Dogwood South subdivision, unit 19, into the parish road system.

·      Accepted the sewer main extension and improvements in Dogwood South subdivision, unit 19, into the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District 1 for permanent maintenance.

·      Approved plan change 2 for the acceleration lane on U.S. 71. The change will reflect approximately $6,000 in savings.

·      Adopted a resolution authorizing the acquisition of sewer collection system, wastewater and sewerage treatment facility, lift stations and related personal property for Old River Place subdivision from Tyree Investments, LLC by the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District 1.


Another bucket load of debris is removed in Country Place subdivision by a police jury highway department crew>

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