It happens all the time when a municipality enters into a Cooperative Agreement with a governing board. What you will be hard-pressed to find is a board of one entity agreeing to provide money to the board of another.
When the Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the Jackson Parish Watershed District (JPWD) recently It could be said that the action taken was in some ways historic. Certainly, it was unique to the status quo JPWD Vice President, Gary Joynor, hopes it will help establish a new tradition.
“It is wonderful these two boards combining their efforts and working together,” said Joynor. “We need more of this as when there is cooperation like this between our parish boards it benefits everyone.”
What the agreement between the two panels will encompass is that beginning on January 1 each year, the JPRD will provide up to $12,000.00 annually to the JPWD. The money is planned to be used on maintenance projects at Caney Lake and Chatham Lake.
“This makes me excited about the future of these two lakes,” continued Joynor. “The money will help us tremendously with our goal of continuing to try to improve these great outlets for our residents to enjoy outdoor recreation.”
In additional action taken by the Watershed District at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting held on December 15th at the Charles H. Garret Community Center, two Ordinances were adopted to go into immediate effect.
ORDINANCE #2022.10.01: PROHIBIT THE INTENTIONAL DEPOSITING OR PLACING OF ANY FLOATING DEBRIS INTO CANEY CREEK RESERVOIR AND TO ESTABLISH PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS.
ORDINANCE #2022.10.0: ESTABLISHMENT OF PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO SECURE A PERMIT PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION AS REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE NO. 2022.02.02 AND 2022.02.03 OF THE JACKSON PARISH WATERSHED DISTRICT.
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