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Utilities, Inc. of Louisiana Joyce Water Supply is currently in violation of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids as set forth by the State [Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:Xll)] and the Federal Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR Part 141).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) set drinking water standards and requires the disinfection of drinking water. Where disinfection is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants combine with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter present in water to form chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). EPA and LDHH set standards for controlling the levels of disinfectants and DBPs in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acid (HAAs).

Some people who drink water containing THMs in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing HAA5s in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

In December 1998, EPA set enforceable drinking water standards for TTHMs at 80 parts per billion (ppb) and for HAA5 at 60 parts per billion (ppb) to reduce the risk of cancer or other adverse health effects. Compliance with the TTHMs and HAA5 standards for public water systems servicing less than 10,000 individuals initially became effective and enforceable on January 1, 2004. Compliance with the TTHMs standard is determine by calculating a locational running annual average (LRRA) of quarterly TTHMs sample results. Compliance calculations performed for the fourth quarter of 2020 show that the system’s current TTHMs LRAAs are 95 ppb at sample location DBP01 – 6758 Hwy 84 and 94 ppb at sample location DBP02 – 340 Louisiana. Thus, the system is currently in violation of TTHMs standards.

Construction of the GAC (granulated activated charcoal) system has been completed and the filtration system is now online. The GAC system will assist with the reduction of TTHM and HAA5 concentrations. UIL has kept LDH informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. If you have any questions, contact the UIL Compliance Administrator at 985-893-6646 – Opt. 2.

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. EPA and LDH do not consider this violation to have any serious adverse health effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure; however, continued long-term exposure to TTHMs and HAA5 levels aBig Second Inning Propels Quitman Lady Wolverines Varsity Win Over Saline

Utilities, Inc. of Louisiana Paradise Point Water Supply is currently in violation of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids as set forth by the State [Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:Xll)] and the Federal Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR Part 141).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) set drinking water standards and requires the disinfection of drinking water. Where disinfection is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants combine with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter present in water to form chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). EPA and LDHH set standards for controlling the levels of disinfectants and DBPs in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acid (HAAs).

Some people who drink water containing THMs in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing HAA5s in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

In December 1998, EPA set enforceable drinking water standards for TTHMs at 80 parts per billion (ppb) and for HAA5 at 60 parts per billion (ppb) to reduce the risk of cancer or other adverse health effects. Compliance with the TTHMs and HAA5 standards for public water systems servicing less than 10,000 individuals initially became effective and enforceable on January 1, 2004. Compliance with the TTHMs standard is determine by calculating a locational running annual average (LRRA) of quarterly TTHMs sample results. Compliance calculations performed for the fourth quarter of 2020 show that the system’s current TTHMs LRAAs are 83 ppb at sample location DBP01 – 119 Eden Drive. Thus, the system is currently in violation of TTHMs standards.

UIL will be installing by the end of February an automatic flush valve. The automatic flush valve will assist with the reduction of TTHM and HAA5 concentrations. UIL has kept LDH informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. If you have any questions, contact the UIL Compliance Administrator at 985-893-6646 – Opt. 2.

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. EPA and LDH do not consider this violation to have any serious adverse health effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure; however, continued long-term exposure to TTHMs and HAA5 levels above the standard (e.g., 20 years of exposure) has the potential to have serious adverse effects on human health.

 

 

 

 

Jackson Parish School Board Meeting Minutes
February 1, 2021
Jonesboro, LA

The Jackson Parish School Board met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021 at Jonesboro Hodge High School Cafeteria, 225 Pershing Highway, Jonesboro, La. The following were present for roll call: Rickey McBride, Wade McBride, Dennis Clary, Gloria Davis, Gerry Mims and Mary Saulters. Absent: Calvin Waggoner

Gerry Mims gave the Invocation. Rickey McBride led in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was called to order by President Dennis Clary.

Motion was made by Mary Saulters, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried to approve the minutes as presented from the meeting held on January 14, 2021.

Gloria Davis reported to the Board on the meeting of the Executive Finance Committee held prior to the Board meeting.

A motion was made by Rickey McBride, seconded by Mary Saulters and carried to approve for payment the following bills: General Fund, Federal Program, Food Service, Sales Tax, Special Education, District Maintenance bills.

A motion was made by Wade McBride, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried approving paying Employer’s Share of Office of Group Benefits insurance premiums from General Fund for the March 2021 sales tax distribution.

A motion was made by Gerry Mims, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to approve accepting low quote of $6,560.40 from Mid-State Supply to purchase 22 pallets of water for all schools, to be paid from Strong Start Formula. (Pending LDOE approval).

A motion was made by Mary Saulters, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried to approve accepting low quote of $6,650.85 from Staples to purchase instructional supplies for Jonesboro Hodge High School, to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

A motion was made by Wade McBride, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried to approve accepting low quote of $6,803.16 from Staples to purchase instructional supplies at Weston High School, to be paid from Title V School Based funds.

A motion was made by Rickey McBride seconded by Mary Saulters and carried to accept low quote of $5,202.00 from Apple Inc. to purchase 6 iPads, 6 Apple TV projectors, and 6 Apple Pencils for Weston High School, to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

A motion was made by Wade McBride, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to approve accepting low quote of $12,390.00 from Office Automation to purchase 21st Century Learning Package (Design Center, Poster Maker, Cut Out Maker, Cold Laminator) for Jonesboro Hodge High School, to be paid from Title I School Based
funds.

A motion was made by Gerry Mims, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to approve accepting low quote of $19,162.50 from SHI to purchase 73 Dell Chromebooks, License and White Glove Service for Jonesboro Hodge High School, to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

A motion was made by Mary Saulters, seconded by Wade McBride and carried to approve rescinding a motion made at the January 14,2021 Board Meeting:

A motion was made by Rickey McBride, seconded by Wade McBride and carried to approve accepting low quote of $16,100.12 from SHI for 50 HP Chromebooks (with academic licenses and White Glove Service), one Chromebook Cart,4 Dell Latitude Notebooks (laptops), and 2 Dell OptiPlex Computers at Weston High School, to be paid from Title I School Based Funds

A motion was made by Wade McBride, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to
approve accepting low quote of $19,162.50 from SHI to purchase 73 Dell Chromebooks, License and White Glove Service for Weston High School, to be paid from Title I School Based funds.

A motion was made by Mary Saulters, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried approving to pay salaries and benefits for teachers to provide virtual tutoring to students at a rate of $30.00 per hour not to exceed a total of $50,000.00, to be paid from Direct Student Service (DSS) funds and/or Strong Start Tutoring funds. (Pending LDOE approval)
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A motion was made by Gerry Mims, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to approve payment of $7,500.00 to OWL Equine Center for the Special Education class at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary School, to be paid from IDEA funds.

A motion was made by Mary Saulters, seconded by Wade McBride and carried to approve accepting low quote of $6,920.00 from Acousticomm to purchase 2 Maico model ERO-SCAN Screener for all schools, to be paid from Strong Start Formula funds. (Pending LDOE approval)

A motion was made by Rickey McBride, seconded by Gerry Mims and carried to approve accepting low quote of $12,420.00 from School Nurse Supply, Inc. to purchase 2 Plusoptix S12C mobile vision screeners for all schools, to be paid from Strong Start Formula funds.

A motion was made by Wade McBride, seconded by Mary Saulters and carried to approve payment of $5,200.00 to Forethought Consulting, Inc. for Computer Assisted Policy Service (CAPS), to be paid from the General Fund.

A motion was made by Mary Saulters, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to allow Superintendent Claxton permission to advertise for bids on a refrigerated truck for food deliveries.

Presentation of Monthly Financial Report by Kristi Bass, Business Manager.

Superintendent’s Comments were given.

A motion was made by Dennis Clary, seconded by Rickey McBride and carried to adjourn
at 6:15 p.m.

Jackson Parish Recreation District Board Meeting Minutes
January 18, 2021
Jonesboro, Louisiana

The Jackson Parish Recreation District met in regular session on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:00pm 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. Also present, Mr. Steven Gatlin.

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. There were no public comments.

Motion Mr. Cash seconded Mr. Potts to reelect Mr. Barnett as board president. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Barnett seconded Mr. Potts to reelect Mr. Cash as board vice-president. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Hairston seconded Mr. Barnett to approve minutes for November. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion Mr. Cash seconded Mr. Womack to approve financials for November and December. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Smith gave board update on some of the ongoing programs at the sports complex including archery/shooting range, fitness trail, basketball and baseball/softball.

Ms. Rebecca Williams gave board update on the golf course including membership, banquet rentals, tournaments and cart shed quote.

The board discussed compensatory time for salaried employees. No action was taken.

Motion Mr. Cash seconded Mr. Barnett to hire Dodson Enterprises, Inc. to design and build flag display in the amount of $26,200. All in favor. Motion carried.

Under old business, Mr. Hairston discussed getting a fuel tank and debit card at the golf course. Mr. Lamkin also discussed pay increase for full-time employees.

Next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:00p.m. at the Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building in the Nathaniel Zeno Jr. Meeting Room, 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro.

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

 

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