Decisions on how to fund the Solid Waste Department continued to be the main topic of discussion for the Jackson Parish Police Jury who met for their monthly business session on Monday, June 7th at the Charles H. Garrett Community Center.
The meeting had progressed quickly as the full board of Todd Culpepper, Lewis Chatham, Amy Magee, John McCarty, Tarneshala “Niki” Cowans, Regina Rowe and Lynn Treadway had heard reports from the Chairman John McCarty of the Parish Clean-Up, “Niki” Cowans of the Finance Committee and Projects Committee Chairman Lewis Chatham.
Then Operations Committee Chairperson Amy Magee informed the panel that a letter had been sent to area municipalities to inform them of impending charges that will be enforced for the disposal of their waste. She also made the proposal to move four laborers from Solid Waste to the Road Department.
This brought a response from Robin Sessions, Supervisor of the Solid Waste Department. He objected to the idea as even though the plan is to reduce the number of bin sites in the parish the work required at the department was no less.
“If you take away workers from Solid Waste it is going to cause a delay in pickup and processing as their won’t be enough manpower to do what needs to be done,” said Sessions.
It was then offered that the laborers could be classified as “floats’ being able to be used by Solid Waste or Road as needed. Sessions responded by asking that no moves be made until at leas the end of June to allow time to get caught up on existing work and to make plans if necessary.
Updates on various boards and committee assignments that are to be presented at the June 14th regularly scheduled meeting followed. Discussion then focused on deadlines and requirements of calling a special election in regard to what has been classified as “surplus funds” in possession of the Jackson Parish Library.