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Jury to talk Bistineau ‘No wake zone’

by Minden Press-Herald

The Webster Parish Police Jury will discuss the proposed passage of a joint resolution with Bossier and Bienville parishes to set a base standard for a “no wake zone” on Lake Bistineau Tuesday.

Police Jury President Jim Bonsall says the elevation level will be set for the entire lake so that Bossier, Bienville or Webster does not set a different standard at a different time.

“In the past, when the water comes up on the lake, there’s a lot of indecision about when to impose a ‘no wake zone,’” he said. “Bienville Parish might do it one time, we might do it another time; and most of the time, Webster and Bossier will get together on it.”

This will just eliminate the indecision, he says, and give those who use Lake Bistineau a better idea of when the “no wake zone” will be implemented.

“That doesn’t mean the lake is closed to traffic,” he emphasized. “It just means when the water hits that elevation, they can’t make a wake when they move.”

In other business, the police jury will consider approval of the abandonment of 1,000 feet at the end of the parish-maintained right-of-way on Wallace Road. This will follow a hearing set for 10:30 a.m., just before the regular meeting Tuesday.

This issue came up in February’s committee meetings when Ken Tripp approached the jury to discuss it. This portion of the road was dedicated in 1964, and parish attorney Patrick Jackson said if there is no objection following a public hearing, then there is no reason the police jury cannot abandon the property.

The jury will also consider:

  • Recreational funding from District 1 for $1,000 to go to Springhill City Court for audit expenses and District 11 for $2,500 for repairs to the civic center in the Village of Heflin, and
  • The compliance questionnaire for the 2015 audit of financials for the police jury.

They will also hear comments from Mary Whitaker with the Office of Community Services, Wanda Finley with Webster Parish Head Start, Beverly Hammett with the Webster Parish Library, Lynn Dorsey with the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joan Almond with the LSU AgCenter, Col. Carl Thompson with the Tax Assessor’s Office, John Stanley with Webster Parish Homeland Security and also on the agenda is Lt. Col. Brad Kendall, installation commander of Camp Minden.

In committee, meetings have been set for the administrative committee to discuss group insurance renewal and discussion of parish-owned property. A road committee meeting has been called to discuss striping of parish roads for 2016, municipality requests and trees on private property.

Committee meetings will be at 9 a.m. in the conference room at the Webster Parish Police Jury office on the third floor of the Webster Parish Courthouse. The regular meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room on the second floor of the courthouse.

The public hearing will be called at 10:30 a.m., prior to the beginning of the regular meeting.

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