Watershed Commission aids Ladies of the Lake

The Jackson Parish Watershed Commission has proven time and again a willingness to combine its efforts with local organizations for the benefit of the outdoor enthusiasts of Jackson Parish.

At their regularly scheduled meeting on May 15th, the panel voted to once again be of assistance by agreeing to allow the Ladies of the Lake the use their 4 x 8 sign frames to advertise the cancer foundation benefit on Caney Lake slated for June 10th.

In additional action, board members Gary Joynor, Jimmy Waggoner, Roy Barlow, and Daniel Ponder approved building permits for (1) Paul Miller, and (2) Don & Karen Conner. Absent from the meeting were Wes Harvey, Jerry Chestnut, and Kent Hightower.

Updates on the Ebenezer pier and Ebenezer parking lot striping projects were also heard, and a reminder was given that the annual Ethics Training (required of the board members) was to be completed by the end of the year. Financial disclosure statements were also discussed.

Closing the session was comments from the board members including:
1. Mr. Barlow entertained the idea of meeting with the Office of tourism in Baton Rouge in 2024 to receive possible funding for watershed projects.
2. Mr. Waggoner discussed the Chatham Lake boat launch and Ebenezer Launch issue with silting and ramp issues at low water levels.
3. Mr. Joynor discussed two complaints he received from fishermen and recreational boaters entering and leaving the spillway launch area on the weekend from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. The first complaint was regarding poor vehicle parking along the road in no designated parking spots causing near accidents due to very little clearance being left by vehicles parked for the business weekend entertainment. The other complaint was about no boat\trailer parking spots available near the boat launch due to vehicles parked for the business weekend entertainment. Mr. Joynor added that trash left on the ground after the weekends at the spillway launch parking lot is also a problem.

NOTE: Complete minutes of the meeting can be found in the Classifieds section.

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