Webster police jury puts brakes on road talk

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A discussion on how to handle potential 18-wheeler traffic on a parish road has been put on hold until members of the Webster Parish Police Jury know whether or not Nelson Energy receives a permit to operate a commercial injection disposal facility.

Nelson’s permit for the injection well located on Jack Martin Road near Dubberly is being reviewed by the state Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation.

DNR officials are expected to issue a ruling on the application 10 days after a Monday, Dec. 1 deadline to submit written statements on the request. Input on the request was also received during a public hearing Nov. 18.

Jury members had been ready to consider lowering speed limits, weight limits and other regulatory issues to help control heavy truck traffic on the road. But, president Jim Bonsall said, the discussion could be delayed until the DNR decision was announced.

“We will still have time after they make a decision to talk about what we want to do,” Bonsall said Tuesday.

Currently, the weight limit on parish roads is 60,000 pounds and a 35-miles-per-hour speed limit is posted on Jack Martin Road. One bridge is located on the proposed route trucks would take to the disposal well site.

In other jury action at Tuesday’s meeting, members:

napproved a $14,8 million operating budget for the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory Commission. The budget must be approved by a majority of the parish governing bodies in the service area.

approved appointments to the Library Board of Control, Pine Country Education District, Webster Parish Convention and Tourism Board and the Webster Parish Fire District #7 board.

voted support to resolutions requesting that five rural water systems (Salt Works, Dixie Overland Waterworks, McIntyre, Germantown and Pleasant Valley) each receive $35,000 in Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP) funding.

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