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Police Jury amends parish ordinance governing solicitations

An amendment to the Bossier Parish ordinance governing solicitations in neighborhoods outside incorporated areas of communities has been adopted by unanimous vote of the parish police jury.

Currently, the ordinance provides for regulation of solicitation on private residences in unincorporated areas of the parish. After Wednesday’s vote, the ordinance governs anyone going not only door-to-door but also street-to-street outside city limits in the parish.

Jurors asked parish attorney Patrick Jackson to propose an amendment after residents in one parish neighborhood complained of an unmarked van driving through their area
operating as an ice cream truck.

Now, individuals operating on a street-to-street basis must apply for a peddler’s license.  Individuals who apply for the license will also be responsible for identifying the areas where solicitations will occur.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford told jury members that pumps at the new wastewater treatment plant will be turned on later this week for testing, and reported the lift station on U.S. Hwy. 80 will also be started.

Ford said power is connected to all lift stations along the new $55 million sewerage system connecting most of south Bossier Parish and service could begin as soon as all inspections are completed. Negotiations are also underway to obtain four sewer systems in the northern part of the parish, he said.

After reviewing parish roads that were flooded in the latest bout with high water, Ford told jury members he has expanded his repair target to include all bridges that were flooded.

“We will be inspecting those as soon as the water goes down,” he said.

Ford said he had hoped to get started on projects to make repairs to Princeton and Davis roads and the Camp Zion Rd. bridge, but has been unable to do so.  The parish is still waiting for FEMA determination before beginning several projects.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, police jurors:

Approved the bid from the Bossier Press-Tribune for Official Journal for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Scheduled public hearings to consider approval of a plat for Hamiter, et al; to consider a minor plat for David Trowbridge; to consider approval of the plat of the proposed development of Bellevue Road subdivision; to consider approval of survey map for John David Doyal.

Adopted a resolution of appreciation to D.C. Machen who is retiring as Bossier Parish Superintendent of Schools.

Accepted streets and drainage in the Belmere subdivision.

Referred the possibility of abandoning Swan Lake Rd. located off Poole Rd. to the jury’s road and subdivision committee.

Approved a proposal from Professional Service Ind., Inc., for construction materials testing and observation services for portions of the parish sewer system.

Approved a proposal from Owen & White, Inc. for engineering services for the Clarke Bayou base flood elevation determination.

Approved a proposal from Owen & White for engineering services for the north/south corridor roadway no rise certificate project.

Adopted a resolution supporting an application for funding through the fiscal year 2015-2016 community water enrichment fund.

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