After receiving correspondences from the Town of Chatham and LA Senator Jay Morris, the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ), Project Committee voted to recommend to the entire Police Jury, to take part in ceremony that would rename of a portion of Hwy 34 to the “Second Lieutenant, Harvel Moore Memorial Highway.” The tentative date set for the dedication ceremony is set for April 9th at approximately 10:00 am.
The actual renaming of the portion of road that runs from the north to south city limits in Chatham, was made official in 2019 through ACT 26, presented by Morris to the LA legislature. While the bill passed no funds got allocated, so the project was stalled until the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) informed Morris recently of funding being received from a private investor.
Moore, who was a Chatham resident and both Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient, was killed in action in World War II. An inspiring documentary on the war hero told of how after 75 years his remains, which were on Tarawa Island in the Pacific Oceans was brought back to Chatham so they could be placed next to his mother.
In additional JPPJ committee activity, the Operation Committee agreed to request the full board to assist the Jackson Parish Recreation Department to expand the parking area at the JPRD complex on Hwy 4 East and accept a revision to the 2021 Road Program. The Policy and Personnel Committee accepted the retirement of Linda Blackstock from the Road Department.
All committee recommendations will be placed on the agenda and brought in front of the entire JPPJ for official enactment at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting set for Monday, April 12, at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center.