Police Jury Meeting Notes: May 6, 2020

Posted: May 6, 2020, 5:22 PM

A possible plan to reopen the Bossier Parish Courthouse to the public on May 15 or 16 is currently being studied, but whether or not that happens depends on information coming from the governor’s office.

Parish Attorney Patrick Jackson told members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury Wednesday that some issues include whether or not masks would be required for courthouse visitors and if so, would masks be issued at the door.

“We will have temperature checkers at the entrance,” Jackson said. “The city of Bossier has been helpful. Their fire department has helped us gain access to certain equipment including a remote temperature device. People would stand inside the device and bailiffs will check their temperature on a monitor.”

Jackson said opening the courthouse would help flow civil and criminal parties through the court system, where activity has been curtailed due to the pandemic.

Jury members also approved several changes to the parish’s three year road program, including removing three roads from the program that are still involved in FEMA arbitration.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

  • Authorized the advertising for bids for Official Journal of the Bossier Parish Police Jury for the period of July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021; bids to be received June 3.
  • Awarded bid for the relocation of Swan Lake Road at Flat River bridge Project No. 2019- 112, in accordance with bids received April 29.
  • Awarded bid for the West Linton Road extension to Fairburn Avenue Project No. 2019-132, in accordance with bids received April 28.
  • Awarded bid for the Circle M Road improvements Project No. 2020-103, in accordance with bids received April 23.
  • Awarded bid for the demolition of one (1) residential property located at 308 Cane Bend Drive, Haughton, (Parish Project No. 2020-104), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, in accordance with bids received April 27.
  • Approved the plat of the proposed development of Parker Acres subdivision, Unit No. 1-A, being a resubdivision of Lot 6, Parker Acres subdivision, Unit No. 1. Public hearing tabled until June 3.
  • Approved the application of the Bossier City-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission, to consider various amendments to the Unified Development Code.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on June 17 to abandon a portion of a public right-of-way in Princeton subdivision.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on June 17, 2020, to consider approval of the Destrehan Boulevard Drainage Improvements Plan for a drainage servitude along LA Highway 3, near Destrehan Boulevard and outfall drainage into Plantation Estates Subdivision, located in Section 29, Township 19 North, Range 13 West. (Police Jury District 5)
  • Closed a condemnation case of a mobile home park, Pine Creek Mobile Home Park, owned by Pine Creek-Haughton, LTD. Jurors were told requested repairs and improvements had been completed.
  • Ratified approval of a request from James and Deborah Causey to lease parish owned property located at 2030 Lalo Road, Elm Grove.
  • Ratified a change on the previously approved plat of the McLemore Plantation subdivision, Unit No. 4, to change the street name from West Padra to Omaha Circle.
  • Ratified approval of change orders No. 2 and No. 3 for FY 2018 LCDBG Sewer System Improvements - Oak Hill Mobile Home Park project.
  • Approved the application of Eda Rodriguez for a 2020 Bossier Parish beer/liquor license at Kingston Neighborhood Market, 5604 Benton Road, Benton.
  • Agreed to provide a resolution of support to a bill pending in the state Senate that would benefit the Port of Shreveport-Bossier.