Recreation Board votes to expand parking at JPRD complex

With all three Jackson Parish high schools using the recreation department sports complex on Hwy 4E for the majority of their baseball and softball games, the Jackson Parish Recreation Board (JPRD) opted to expand the parking areas by agreeing to purchase 630 tons of rock. In a corresponding move the JPRD moved to request assistance from the Jackson Parish Police Jury to spread the rock. The action was taken during the March 1st meeting that was held at the Jackson Parish Golf Course Banquet Room.

In an additional move board members: Brent Barnett (President), Ricky Cash, Brandon Lamkin, Sullivan Stevens and Chris Womack voted to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing employee policy manual, compensatory time for salaried employees and pay increase for full-time employees. Jeff Hairston and Rodney Potts were absent. Upon returning it was voted to amend the Personnel Policy Manual to remove sentence, “Currently, all employees other than the recreation director are classified as non-exempt employees,” under non-exempt employees on page five of the manual. Further results was the decision there is no compensatory time for salaried employees and that the board will examine the budget for salaries for the year and then determine what pay raises will be given at the next board meeting.

After President Barnett called the meeting to order and opened the floor to public comments, which there was none, Mr. Paul Riley, engineer, gave board update on the golf course cart shed followed by the board agreeing to hire Riley Company of Louisiana, Inc. to design 60’ x 100’ with 20’ lean-to metal golf cart storage building. JPRD Director Tommy Smith then gave board update on some of the ongoing programs at the sports complex including basketball, baseball/softball, archery/shooting range and storm damage, as well as, an update on the golf course including membership, tournaments, Tuesday Night Scramble, 1st Youth Scramble and Youth Golf Clinic.


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