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For Sale:

5.06 acres of land (Price Reduced) – located one mile East of Jimmie Davis Tabernacle on Hwy. 542, Beech Springs Road, Quitman, LA.  Call (706)745-3933 for more information.  

Facemasks – Show your school pride with special designed cloth facemasks for Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman, Weston, LA Tech, Grambling, ULM, LSU and the New Orleans Saints. You can even add personal monograms. Adult and children sizes available. Only $5.00-$7.00.Call 318-475-0349

Church Bus – Jonesboro-Hodge United Methodist Church is selling small Bus that is equipped with Handicap accessibility. Engine work needed. Contact Paul Sterns for more information at (360) 399-8347.  

Book for sale – “The 100 year history of JHHS football” – An in-depth, year by year review of each season that includes names of players from virtually every year and individual/school records. Cost is $25.00 per copy plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To place your order, call 318-480-1206.



Jackson Parish Police Jury Business Session Minutes from October 5th, 2020

The Jackson Parish Police Jury met in Business Session Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:15 PM at the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members present: Mr. Todd Culpepper, Mr. Lewis Chatham, Ms. Amy Magee, Mr. John McCarty, and Mr. Lynn Treadway. Absent: Ms. Tarneshala Cowans and Ms. Regina Rowe.

The meeting was called to order by the President, Ms. Magee. Mr. McCarty gave the invocation and Mr. Treadway led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The President opened the floor for public comments.

Ms. Carol Massey, President of the Library Board stated that the Library Board had met and voted unanimously in opposition of rededicating their surplus funds to the Solid Waste Department. She stated that they were developing a 10-year plan and discussed some of the projects.

With the conclusion of public comments, the President called for the review of the 2019 Audit Exit Interview. The Secretary-Treasurer reviewed the results of the 2019 Audit and discussed the audit finding for the road program and the management notes for the financial close procedures and for the surplus balance in the Library Fund. She detailed the recommendations to clear the items.

The President called for Committee Reports.

Ms. Magee, Chairman of the Operations Committee, provided a summary of the September 23rd meeting. Ms. Magee invited Mr. Glen Kirkland, Tax Assessor, to give the Jury information and an approximate valuation on proposing a new millage for the Solid Waste Department. The Secretary-Treasurer provided the timeline for a tax election.

The Jury discussed proposing an election to the public to rededicate the surplus balance in the Library fund to the Solid Waste fund.

The Jury discussed cleaning up the Pardue Loop property and Mr. Chatham gave a report on having the State Department burn the debris to clear the land.

The Jury discussed authorizing limited overtime, as needed, for the Solid Waste grinding crew to grind and clear storm debris from the landfill.

The Jury discussed the options for purchasing the property adjacent to the landfill to increase the landfill capacity.

The Jury discussed the need for a larger boom truck for the Solid Waste department. Ms. Magee stated that there was a possibility to get grant funding for the equipment since it was needed during the storm recovery.

The Jury reviewed the Committee recommendations for Bob Watkins, Bryant, Fails, Folks, Go Thru, Into, Palmer, Preacher Martin, Thunder, and Womack-Otwell Roads. No changes were made to the recommendations.

Mr. Culpepper, Chairman of the Finance Committee, provided a summary of the September 24 th meeting.

The Jury discussed the monthly financials, the Weather Event checklist, the Village of East Hodge request, and reviewed the budget amendments.

Ms. Magee gave a summary of the meeting with Mayor Mims that the Committee had requested.

The Committee reviewed the estimates for the Coroner’s office a/c unit.

The Secretary-Treasurer reviewed the recommended budget amendments.

The President reviewed the assignments of the Policy & Personnel, Veteran’s, Project, Economic Development, and Parish Cleanup Committees. Mr. Chatham stated that the Veteran’s Committee had not met in October. Ms. Magee notified the Jury that the Project Committee would meet on Wednesday, October 7th

With the conclusion of Committee Reports, the President moved on to Continued Business.

The Jury reviewed the status of committee assignments.

The Jury reviewed the nominees and actions needed for parish board appointments.

The President moved to New Business.

The Jury reviewed the Subdivision Ordinance. Mr. Culpepper gave a summary on an issue with the ordinance. The Jury asked Mr. Paul Riley to review the issue and present it to the Operations Committee.

The President opened the floor for discussion of other topics.

The Jury reviewed the Proclamation to be presented at the Regular Meeting.

The President opened the floor for announcements and notifications.

Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Mr. Chatham to adjourn. Motion carried.

Jackson Parish Police Jury Project Committee Meeting Minutes

October 7, 2020

The Project Committee met Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Courthouse, 500 E. Court Street, Room 301, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members present: Mr. Todd Culpepper, Ms. Amy Magee, and Ms. Regina Rowe. Absent: none.

Also present, Hospital COO Jason Thomas, and Parish Engineer Paul Riley.

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Ms. Rowe. Mr. Culpepper gave the invocation and Ms. Magee led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

There were no public comments.

The Committee reviewed the letter of acceptance from Mr. Simmons for the offer to purchase 9.9 acres behind the Jackson Parish Hospital at the appraised value of $44,550 and all closing costs, including, but not limited to costs of preparation of the deed, Act of Partial Release to be executed by the lender, Iberia Bank, and recording costs.

The Committee reviewed the Hospital Boards intention to bare half of the cost of the appraised value. Mr. Riley stated that they would need to get an updated survey and description of the property. Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Ms. Magee to recommend the Jury purchase the land at the appraised value, authorize acquiring a new survey and description of the property, and authorize the President to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Jackson Parish Hospital to split the cost of the land. Motion carried.

The Committee discussed the final plans for the new building on Industrial Drive. They discussed names for the building and meeting rooms, department relocations, security, and additional uses for the building.

Mr. Culpepper proposed naming the Jury Meeting Room the “Nathanial Zeno Meeting Room”.

Ms. Magee proposed building a fenced area for storage for OEP equipment.

Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Ms. Magee to adjourn. Motion carried.


Jackson Parish Recreation District Board Meeting Minutes

September 21, 2020

The Jackson Parish Recreation District met in regular session on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 12:00 noon in the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, 182 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members Present: Mr. Brent Barnett, Mr. Ricky Cash, Mr. Jeff Hairston, Mr. Brandon Lamkin, Mr. Rodney Potts, Mr. Sullivan Stevens and Mr. Chris Womack.

The President, Mr. Barnett, called the meeting to order. The invocation was given by Mr. Cash and Mr. Barnett led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Barnett opened the floor for public comments.

Mr. Freddy Tolar commented on the land purchase made at the golf course at the previous board meeting and suggested going up on the fees to support the purchase. Mrs. Anita Waggoner thanked everyone for moving forward with getting the outdoor pavilion. Mr. Barnett moved on to the next item on the agenda.

Motion Mr. Hairston seconded Mr. Cash to approve minutes and financials (August). All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Tommy Smith gave board update on some of the ongoing programs at the sports complex including Fall baseball/softball, flag football, soccer, archery and the fitness trail. He also gave the board an update on the storm damages.

Ms. Rebecca Williams gave board update on the golf course including membership and banquet rentals.

Motion Mr. Hairston seconded Mr. Womack to authorize Steven Gatlin, attorney, to contact Weyerhaeuser about land purchase and perform title examination on property for 2021 budget year. Motion carried with a vote of 6 years and 1 nay.

Under old business, the board discussed money the Police Jury and State may have to help with the construction of the outdoor pavilion.

Motion Mr. Barnett seconded Mr. Lamkin to approve $100,000 Certificate of Deposit at Peoples Bank in Chatham. All in favor. Motion carried.

Next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:00 noon at the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, Jonesboro.

Motion Mr. Potts seconded Mr. Cash to adjourn meeting. All in favor. Motion carried.

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