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History: 1936 Police Jury projects planned

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The Bossier Banner reported on Bossier Parish Police Jury activities in its November 12, 1936 issue.

“By a unanimous vote, the Bossier Parish Police Jury, in regular session Tuesday, at the Court House in Benton voted in favor of the establishment of a Bossier Parish Health Unit. It is learned that the unit will be organized and open for business on or about January 1, 1937.”
“The personnel of the unit will be selected by the Director of Health Units for the state and will include a doctor-director, a trained nurse, a sanitary inspector and an office file clerk. All of the workers, with the possible exception of the clerk, will come from outside the parish, in accordance with the established rules of the health unit setup in this state.”

“The financing of the unit will be taken care of through an appropriation of $750 from the School Board; $240 from Bossier City; $2510 from the Police Jury and the remainder from the state and federal governments.”

“Another important item of business to come up during Tuesday’s session was the acceptance of a gift of five acres of land, fronting on Lake Bistineau, from W. H. Hodges, Jr. of Elm Grove, Ward One. The land was accepted and has been designated as Hodges Public Park. It will be cleaned off and tables and seats will be built by the Police Jury, according to their vote this week. This will provide a public landing place, swimming pool and picnic-fishing resort for the general public.”

“The jury then voted to cease paying $50 a month toward the salary of the game warden presently working in Bossier Parish. A resolution calling on Sheriff L. H. Padgett to do all in his power to enforce the game laws was passed.”

“Jurors from various sections report hunters killing birds out of season. It may be that the Sheriff will be forced to put an extra man on his force between now and December 5th, opening day of the bird season if folk do not stop such practices.”

“A letter of protest, from a Mr. Neal, defeated congressional candidate, urging a recount of ballots, was referred to the Board of Election Supervisors, as the jury has no power in the matter.”

“The jury voted to pay its share of a $200 appropriation toward the upkeep of the Shreveport Police Radio Station, with the understanding that the power of the station will be stepped up sufficiently to serve the entire of Bossier Parish. It is understood that Bossier City will be asked to pay $50 and that the jury will pay $150.”

“After considerable discussion, jurors from each of the six wards designated what roads they believe to be most needed at present.” Several members of the Police Jury were designated to go to Baton Rouge to confer with State Highway officials about these roads.

“The Miller’s Bluff ferry matter was again up for discussion, but its disposal was postponed at the request of the Wards Three Jurors. Other business Tuesday was of a routine nature.”

Visit the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center to discover starting dates of other projects and landmarks in Bossier Parish.

Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or amiddlet@state.lib.la.us