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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 Police Jury Monthly Meeting Minutes
February 8, 2021

The Jackson Parish Police Jury met in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:30 PM in the Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center, 182 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members Present: Mr. Todd Culpepper, Ms. Amy Magee, Mr. John McCarty, Ms. Tarneshala Cowans, and Mr. Lynn Treadway. Absent: Mr. Lewis Chatham and Ms. Regina Rowe. Also present, Mr. Darrell Avery, Assistant D.A.

The President, Ms. Amy Magee, called the meeting to order. Mr. Treadway gave the invocation and Ms. Cowans
led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The President opened the floor for public comments. Mr. Ben Ledbetter with the Jackson Parish Journal stated that he would like to share information regarding the upcoming sales tax election to share with his readers. The Jury thanked Mr. Ledbetter for getting the information to the people.

The President moved to the approval of minutes. Motion Ms. Cowans, seconded Mr. Culpepper to adopt the minutes of the January 19th and 26th Jury Meetings, monthly purchase orders, and the payment of all bills. Motion carried.

The President moved to Committee Reports. Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Mr. Treadway to adopt the following minutes from the January 21st Finance Committee meeting. Motion carried.
Finance Committee,
January 21, 2021

The Finance Committee met Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM in the Nathaniel Zeno Jr. Meeting Room of the Jackson Parish Police Jury Administrative Building, 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members present: Ms. Amy Magee and Mr. John McCarty. Absent: Ms. Tarneshala Cowans. With the Chairman not present, the meeting was called to order by Ms. Magee. Mr. McCarty gave the invocation and Ms. Magee led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no public comments. Ms. Magee noted that Ms. Cowans and the Secretary-Treasurer were both listening via teleconference due
to mandated COVID-19 quarantines. The Committee discussed the deadline for the 2020-21 LGAP application. Ms. Magee stated that only the Village of North Hodge had requested a letter of support from the Police Jury and that the maximum for
municipalities was $25,000, leaving $33,800 available. They discussed options for what the Police Jury could apply for and other grant opportunities available. Ms. Magee stated that if more municipalities applied, the Jury would not want to compete against them, but that the Police Jury should have an application prepared if no one else requested anything. Ms. Magee stated that a vehicle to be used by Administration, Maintenance, OEP, Administrative Clerks, and travel would benefit multiple departments.
Ms. Cowans agreed. Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Ms. Magee to recommend the Jury use the 2020-21 LGAP application to
apply for the purchase of an SUV. Motion carried.

Ms. Magee stated that the 2020 Finance Committee had requested the President to talk to the Sheriff’s Office about the cost of prisoner housing. She stated that the Secretary-Treasurer had also been contacted  by the correctional center asking if the Police Jury is supposed to receive the invoices for the towns. Ms. Magee stated that in her research she found that the Police Jury has been paying for all of the municipal prisoners, even though it is not mandated. The Committee discussed the cost per day for different types of prisoners and the tickets and sentences imposed by the towns. Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Ms. Magee to recommend the Jury notify the Sheriff’s Office that the Police Jury will only pay for their mandated prisoners. Motion carried.
Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Ms. Magee to set the next Finance Committee Meeting for Tuesday, February 16th at 12:00 PM at the Administrative Building. Motion carried. Motion Ms. Magee, seconded Mr. McCarty to adjourn. Motion carried. Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Mr. Treadway to table action on the mandated prisoner fees until Mr. Avery can research the Police Jury’s responsibilities. Mr. Culpepper shared information on how the Jury took over payment for all fees for municipal prisoners. Motion carried.

Motion Ms. Cowans, seconded Mr. Culpepper to adopt the following minutes from the January 29th Operations Committee meeting. Motion carried.
Operations Committee
January 29, 2021
The Operations Committee met Friday, January 28, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the Nathaniel Zeno Jr. Meeting Room, Jackson Parish Administrative Building, 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, Louisiana. Members Present: Mr. Lewis Chatham, Ms. Amy Magee, and Mr. John McCarty. Absent: none. Also in attendance: Mr. Jody Stuckey, Road Superintendent and Mr. Paul Riley, Parish Engineer. The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Ms. Amy Magee. Mr. McCarty gave the invocation and Mr. Chatham let in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no public comments. Mr. Riley presented the preliminary 2021 Road Program, 3-Year Road Program, and 2-year Maintenance Program. The Committee discussed the planned work and that the 3-year program is subject to change year-over-year. Mr. Riley explained the skipped roads from the Maintenance Program due to the required repairs being too extensive for the Road Crew and stated these roads would stay in their priority ranking
and go to the annual road program. Mr. Chatham asked why the crew couldn’t work on roads in the same area to save on costs for mobilizing the crews to different locations. Mr. Riley explained the restrictions on the priority list rankings. Ms. Magee stated that the Jury had received attorney opinions on this issue in the past with the conclusion
being that they cannot deviate from the list. Motion Mr. Chatham, seconded Mr. McCarty to recommend the Jury adopt the 2021 Road Program as presented. Motion carried. Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Mr. Chatham to recommend the Jury adopt the 2021-2023 3-year Road Program as presented. Motion carried. Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Mr. Chatham to recommend the Jury adopt the 2021-2022 Road Maintenance Program as presented. Motion carried. The Secretary-Treasurer announced that the Solid Waste Administrative Clerk would be moving into the Administrative Building on February 4th. Ms. Magee announced that the Secretary-Treasurer would send the Jurors the Committee Assignment worksheet on the 15th and 30th of each month. The Committee scheduled the next Operations Committee meeting for Thursday, February 11th at 3:00 PM at the Administrative Building. Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Mr. Chatham to adjourn.  Motion carried. Motion Mr. Treadway, seconded Mr. McCarty to adopt the 2021 Road Program. Motion carried.
Motion Mr. Treadway, seconded Mr. McCarty to adopt the 2021-2023 Three-Year Road Program. Motion carried. Motion Mr. Treadway, seconded Ms. Cowans to adopt the 2021-2022 Road Maintenance Schedule. Motion carried.

With the conclusion of Committee Reports, the President called for monthly management reports.
Mr. Jody Stuckey, Road Department Superintendent, gave the January 2021 Road report noting that $19,062.51 had been spent on emergency call-outs/off-schedule work. He stated that the crews had started working on the 2021 road program preparations.
Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Mr. Culpepper to accept the January 2021 emergency/off-schedule reports. Motion carried.
Mr. Robin Sessions, Solid Waste Superintendent, gave the January 2021 Solid Waste report noting the rise in tonnage from year to year.
The President updated the Jury on the activities of the OEP Department.
Ms. Gina Thomas, Secretary-Treasurer, presented the January 2021 Financial Report highlighting the actual vs. budget comparisons for all funds and discussed the accrual process and the receipt of 2020 ad valorem taxes.

The President moved on to Other Business.
Mr. Paul Riley, Parish Engineer with the Riley Co. gave the January 2021 Engineering report. Motion Ms. Cowans, seconded Mr. Treadway to authorize the President to sign the Letter of Assurances for the Uniform Relocation Assistance & Real Property Act to the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development. Motion carried.
Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Mr. Treadway to authorize the Secretary-Treasurer to complete and submit the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for the 2020 audit. Motion carried.
Motion Mr. McCarty, seconded Ms. Cowans to appoint the following Parish Board members:
• Re-appoint Mr. Jeff Hairston to the Recreation District Board representing District 3 for a three-year term ending 2/28/2024.
• Appoint Mayor Greg Harris to replace Mr. Dwight Cooper on the Ward 3 Fire District Board in accordance with their by-laws designating the Chatham Mayor as a member on the board for a two-year term ending 12/31/2022.
• Accept the resignation of Mr. Philip Lawrence from the Tourism Board. Motion carried.

The Jury discussed the process for virtual meetings. Mr. McCarty requested that they discuss it at the March Business Session. No action was taken. The President opened the floor for announcements and notifications.
The President announced that the Jury would hold public hearings prior to the March and April Regular Jury Meetings to receive comments and answer questions regarding the sales tax election.
Mr. McCarty announced that the Parish Cleanup Committee would have information to present at the next Business Session for a 2021 cleanup event.
Mr. Culpepper requested that Mr. Avery provide guidance to the Jury on the law governing the Hospital Board appointments if the population changes from the 2020 census.
The President opened the floor for to Juror Comments.
Motion Mr. Culpepper, seconded Mr. Treadway to adjourn. Motion carried.

WARD TWO FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT MEETING MINUTES
February 9, 2021
The Ward Two Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners met in regular session on February 9, 2021 7:00 pm at the District Office. By Roll Call the following members were present: Alton Fallin, Charles Hopkins, and Mack Williams. Absent was Bill Wheelis and George Gryder. There were no public attendants.

There were 2-additions 0-deletions offered to the agenda for rotation of board for Mr. Fallin and Mr. Gryder and contract renewal Manning, meeting called to order by Chairman Williams, followed by invocation. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to accept the agenda as presented with 2 additions to new business and no deletions and proceed into business, motion Mr. Hopkins, second Mr. Fallin, motion carried.

Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to accept the minutes from January 12th, 2021 with no addition and no deletions, and proceed into business, motion to accept Mr. Fallin, second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried. Corrections/Approval: 0.

In the order of Old Business: Chief Manning delivered the January Fire report for 5 total callsas follows: 2 Fire, 0 Grass/Brush, 0 EMS, 1 MVA, 2 public tree removal and Other none. Fuel report for January was on hand of 312.1 gallons, fuel usage was 98.9 gallons. Apparatus/Equipment Maintenance –Pumper 230 issues have been fixed. Truck 1 transmission repaired. Oil changes done on both pickups. Oil has been ordered to change oil in the big truck this year. Purchase of 2003 KME 2 door rescue truck completed. Bids have been sent out to the Ford place in Jonesboro, Courtesy Chevrolet and Dodge in Ruston, Bids will be opened February 16, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Misc. the signs are still in process of being placed around the ward and missing signs ordered. PIAL – Fencing is complete and tower is ordered. January training had five people in first responder class. Purchasing agent reports for January 2021 was reviewed. Gap Report is 100%. Motion entertained by Mr. Williams to proceed into new business, motion Mr. Fallin, second Mr. Hopkins, motion carried.

In the order of New Business, Financial Report for month ending 1/31/21 was presented. The bill review was completed by Mr. Williams. Presentation of Bills for January was discussed. Mr. Williams entertained a motion to accept presentation, motion Mr. Hopkins, 2nd Mr. Fallin, motion carried. Board Rotation for Mr. George Gryder and Mr. Alton Fallin were re-appointed for
another two- year term, motion Mr. Hopkins, 2nd Mr. Fallin, motion carried. Chief Manning contract renewal will be discussed at the March Board meeting. The Action List was reviewed-nothing added.
Board members were asked if needed to make any comments, none. There being no further orders of business motion entertained by Mr. Williams to adjourn, motion by Mr. Fallin to adjourn, second Mr. Hopkins, meeting declared adjourned by the chairman at 7:39 p.m.

Ward 3 Fire Protection District Meeting Minutes
Chatham, La. 71226

The Ward 3 Fire Protection District met for its regular meeting Monday. February 1, 2021 @ 6 p.m. at the Chatham Fire Station training room. The meeting was called to order by Freddy Tolar. Opening prayer was given by Wayne Whitman. The following members were present- Freddy Tolar, Wayne Whitman, and Margaret Waggoner. Chatham Mayor Greg Harris was introduced as new board member when commissioned by Police Jury. Also attending was Ward 3 Fire Chief Danny Peel and one visitor, John Mize.Time for public comments was open. There were no comments.
A motion was made to amend the agenda to add #5 under new business. Whitman made motion and Waggoner 2nd the motion. All were in favor.
A motion was made by Whitman and 2nd by Waggoner to add discussion of #5 under new business. All were in favor.
The minutes from the last meeting were presented and a motion was made to accept the minutes by Tolar and 2nd by Whitman. All were in favor.
A motion was made by Waggoner and 2nd by Whitman to approve financial report as presented and approve checks and expenditures since last meeting. All were in favor.
Old business:
1-Discussed repairs to be made on Chatham #12
2-Discusssed Fire Chief position and finalized it.
Motion was made by Whitman and 2nd by Waggoner for Danny Peel to be employed as Ward 3 Fire Chief @ $3,000 per month. All were in favor.
New business:
1-A motion was made by Waggoner and 2nd by Tolar to enter a Letter of Engagement with Folden & Co. for bookkeeping services. All were in favor.
2-A motion was made by Whitman and 2nd by Waggoner to add Folden and Alayne Huckaby to our signature cards at People’s Bank. All were in favor.
3-Discussed purchase of leaf blowers.
4-Reported on status of Covid-19 vaccines.
5-Discussed repairs on Chatham fire hydrants. A motion was made for us to fix one hydrant and town fix one for no more than $1,500. Motion was made by Whitman and 2nd by Waggoner. All were in favor.
Being no further business, a motion was made by Whitman and 2nd by Waggoner to adjourn meeting. All were in favor.
Next regular meeting will be Monday, April 5th, 2021 @ 6 p.m. at Chatham Fire Station Training Room.

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