LPPJ approves 2.5% pay raise for workers 

By T. Scott Boatright


Deciding on funding requests from 19 parish entities, adopting a pair of ordinances for sale of adjudicated properties, approving a pay raise for parish workers and setting a special meeting date to canvas Lincoln Parish results for Nov. 13 elections were the main orders of business as the Lincoln Parish Police Jury held its October meeting Tuesday evening at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

Those results will be canvassed during a special LPPJ meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

Jurors also approved a 2.5 percent across the board pay raise for parish employees for 2022.

Following are funding request results and amounts for the year 2022 that were discussed and recommended by the LPPJ Finance Committee before being decided on by the full jury. The only jury member absent from Wednesday’s meeting was T.J. Cranford: 

• Lincoln Total Community Action: $6,000 (passed)

• Bayou Lake D’Arbonne Commission: $1800 (passed)

• Sparta Groundwater Commission: $2,500 (passed) 

• Department of Veteran Affairs: $7,917 (passed) 

• Council on Aging: $5,000 (passed) 

• IT Department: $20,000 (passed). 

• Lincoln Parish GIS: $25,000 (passed)

• Third Judicial District Court: $137,700 (passed) 

• LSU Cooperative Extension Service: $20,000 (passed) 

• Registrar of Voters $50,000 (passed) 

• Lincoln Parish Coroner: $60,483.00 (passed) 

• Lincoln Parish District Attorney: $244,660.00 (passed)

• Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful: $7,500. 

• Northeast Delta Human Services Authority: $1,530 (passed) 

• Lincoln Parish Health Unit: $18,500 (passed). 

• Trailblazer : $2,500 (passed)

The LPPJ Finance Committee recommended not accepting the request for $24,000 in funding for 4 Paws. 

“I have no problem in trying to work with them and try to negotiate a per-animal fee,” said Parish Administrator Doug Postel. “”If they can take and shelter an animal I think it’s certainly fair for us to pay a reasonable fee for them to be able to take in that animal, and I’m certainly willing to do that. I think that doing it by that method would be much more effective than the method we’re currently using. I’m in favor of us paying for the services we receive.”

After discussion, District 7 juror Matt Pullen motioned that the request be denied for 2022.

“I would say that since we don’t use them for what was originally intended I make a motion to not fund them for the 2022 fiscal year,” Pullen said.

Two entities that have received funding for 2021 — the Juvenile Assistance Program and the Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court — did not make requests for 2022.

In other business, jurors also approved Public Works Committee recommendations to:

• Authorize Emergency Purchase of Two Tank Car Culverts 

• Authorize Piggyback Purchase for Ouachita Parish Police Jury – Etnyre Chip Spreader 

• Approve Purchase of One New Heavy Duty Tractor Truck for Solid Waste Department 

• Approve Change Order No. 1 – Walnut Creek and Eaves Road Bridges

• Approve Substantial Completion – Walnut Creek and Eaves Road Bridge 

• Approve a Request for Assistance – Choudrant High School Softball Field

The LPPJ also approved adoption of ordinances for sale of adjudicated properties on Second Avenue ($1,663.86) and on Turner Street ($2,685.83) as part of the parish’s “Lot Next Door” program.

Jurors also approved certification to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development that the parish has performed all interim inspections on Parish owned or maintained bridges in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards and passed a resolution expressing condolences upon the death of longtime District 3 Juror (January of 1988 to December of 2019) Bobby Bennett, who passed away on Oct. 1.

Introduced were ordinances for sale of adjudicated properties on Fellowship Extension Road for a minimum bid of $3,540.84 and at 244 China Grove Road for a minimum bid of $16,319.24.

Jurors also heard from new parish Financial Manager Michael Sutton, who told the LPPJ that August sales tax collections were $633,320, an increase of 15% over August of 2020.

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