Recreation Board mulls several Cooperative Endeavor possibilities

Several Co-Operative Endeavor possibilites were discussed by the Jackson Parish Recreation Board at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting held on Monday in the Banquet Room of the Jackson Parish Golf Course facility. 

Baord members Brent Barnett, Ricky Cash (President), Brandon Lamkin, Rodney Potts, Sullivan Stevens and Chris Womack reviewed applications submitted by the Jackson Parish Watershed Commission, Town of Chatham, Village of North Hodge and Village of East Hodge. 

After thorough discussions, each was tabled for final decision until more information can be provided with the exception of the application from North Hodge which was approved. Final decisions are expected to be received at next month’s meeting that will be held on October 18th. 

The meeting began with Bruce Thomas being the first of three to make public comments.  Thomas, who also appeared before the board last month asking what the disposition of the  “back nine” project at the golf course was, indicated that after research he was pleased to announce that loans for were available through the Louisiana Bond Commission for addtional funding for the project. 

Gary Joyner, Vice President of the Jackson Parish Watershed Commission followed and presented the Board with a written Co-Operative Endeavor applicaiton that he was told would be needed when he spoke to the panel last month.  Joyner and also touted the publicity that Caney Lake had received in last month’s Bassmaster Magazine where Caney Lake was voted as the fourth best Lake in the Central Region of the United States. Christy Weeks, President of the Jackso Parish Tourism Board completed the Public Comments portion by endorsing the application submitted by Joyner and the Watershed Commission. 

“I appreciate the Board’s consideration to work with us in our effort to make Caney Lake even more enjoyable for our residents and those who visit,” said Joyner. “I also think it is very refreshing to see three parish agencies all pulling together in one accord for the benfit of us all.”

JPRD Director Tommy Smith followed by updating the panel of the activities taking place at the Sports Complex. This included recapping the second annual Steven Morgan Memorial Archery Shoot sponsored by the ackson Parish Bowhunters Association and the cross country meet, hosted by  Quitman High School. Smith also announced that a Tent Revival would take place on the grounds this coming Sunday thru Wednesday, September 25th-28th. Smith then indicated that the flag poles and batting cages for the Sports Complex had arrived.

In regard to the Golf Course, it was announced that memebership had increased by eight members during the last month improving the number to an even 200 members. The board was then asked to direct their attention to the shore of the lake behind the Clubhouse where the new pavillion/gazebo has been built. 

Before the session was adjourned the Board  went into Executive Session regarding personnel decisions. No commments were made after. 


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