Police Jury Votes to End Recycling Program

A notice will be sent to customers that on August 31, 2020 the Recycling Program for plastic, aluminum and paper/cardboard materials will end in Jackson Parish. Included in the announcement will be a statement that the program may be brought back in the future.

President Amy Magee, John McCarty, Regina Rowe, Lynn Treadway and Todd Culpepper agreed on the suspension of the program at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jackson Parish Police Jury held on July 13th at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center in Jonesboro. Tarneshala (Niki) Cowans and Lewis Chatham were not present.

“It is our hope that eventually we will be able to re-instate this but at present the cost of this program is simply too much to continue,” said Juror Todd Culpepper.

The meeting opened with public comments where Mr. Walter May addressed the panel and announced his candidacy for District Judge in Jackson, Bienville and Claiborne parishes. The approval of minutes from June meetings and payment of all bills followed.

Minutes of the Road, Finance, Operations, Policy and Personnel, Project and Economic Development Committee meetings were then approved and reports from the heads of the Road, Solid Waste, Maintenance, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Finance departments were heard.

In additional business Mr. Paul Riley of Riley Company in Ruston gave the June Engineering report and 2020 Road Program I & II was awarded to the successful bidders. Amethyst Construction Inc. won the Road Program I award with a bid of $789,470.00 while Dreher Contracting LLC nabbed Road Program II with a bid of $438,265.00.

Employment considerations were then taken with Mathew Conner, Paul Aldy, Jeremy Davis and Ju’Won Jack being hired as Level 1 General Laborers in the Road Department and Jack Williams being promoted from Operator Level 1 to Operator Level II. Lisa Nunn was also appointed to the Library Board for a five year term effective 1/1/2020 to 12/31/2024.

The meeting was adjourned following the announcement that the next JPPJ would be held on August 10th and panel members providing their closing comments.

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