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Bossier Parish Police Jury discusses new sawmill in Plain Dealing

Jason Weinland, managing partner of jweinland Group Benefits, administrators of the Bossier Parish Police Jury's employee insurance plans, explains the numbers during a jury committee meeting Wednesday.

Approval of three cooperative endeavor agreements between the state Department
of the Treasury, the state of Louisiana and the Bossier Parish Police Jury will mean
$400,000 in appropriations for the parish, including one which will provide sewer
and water lines to serve a new sawmill in Plain Dealing.

Parish police jurors voted to move ahead with the agreements Wednesday.
Jury members were told $300,000 will be dedicated for services to the Teal Jones
Group sawmill, a planned $110 million project located on LA Hwy. 3 just south of
Plain Dealing. Officials say the new facility will support 125 new direct jobs with
annual salaries averaging $47,000, plus benefits.

Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will also support at least
369 indirect jobs, for a total of 494 prospective new jobs in the northwest region of
the state. The production facility would generate up to 120 construction jobs at
peak construction.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the lumber plant were held July 11.

Other funds approved through the agreements will be dedicated to one existing
parish park and another that is on the drawing board. South Bossier Park will be
receiving $75,000 for improvements that include four new soccer/football fields.

South Bossier Park, located off Caplis Sligo Rd., is becoming one of the most
popular recreational facilities in the police jury’s system.

A future park at Kinston Rd., complete with walking trail, will be receiving
$25,000 through the agreements.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

• Approved request from Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office for a Quietus on the
2021 tax roll.

• Granted a three-week extension before enforcing condemnation order on
property located on John Wilson Dr.

• Awarded bid for Project No. 2022-117, wall demolition and fencing project at
Central Library, in accordance with bids received July 22, 2022, and authorize the
Parish Administrator, Parish President, and/or Director of Libraries to execute any
and all documents.

• Awarded bid for Project No. 2022-119, demolition of three (3) residential
properties, in accordance with bids received July 29, 2022.