Courtesy Photo | New Bossier Parish Police Jury President Wanda Bennett presents outgoing president Jack Skaggs with a plaque for his year of service.

Bennett named Parish Police Jury president

Wanda Bennett, who represents District 3 on the Bossier Parish Police Jury, was elected Wednesday to serve as president of the public body for the next year.

Bennett was elected to the District 3 seat in 2008, successfully defeated challengers to keep her seat in 2012 and was reelected to a third term without opposition.

Elected vice president was District 6 juror Rick Avery. Avery has served on the parish police jury since 1988.

In addition to officers, police jury members approved three administrators to new terms. Bill Altimus was reappointed parish administrator for a one-year term while Rachel Hauser was named parish secretary for another two years and Sheryl Thomas was voted another two-year term as parish treasurer.

Probation issued to security system company
Jury members voted unanimously to place a door-to-door sales company on a 90-day probationary period after hearing company representatives report on an internal investigation into complaints lodged against their salespersons by some Bossier Parish residents.

Vivint Louisiana, LLC management personnel said specific problems had been identified and that cures for those problems would be recommended.

Vivint’s Edward Hughes said because of citizens’ complaints, the previous sales team would no longer be working in Bossier Parish. A new sales manager would be heading the team and the company’s training program is being reworked, he added. In addition, Vivint salespersons will honor “no solicitation” signs in neighborhoods.

I think also if someone says they are not interested, the sales pitch should end at that time,” District 2 jury member Glenn Benton said.

Jury members chose the probationary period over other options, one of which was to revoke all 19 Bossier Parish peddler permits issued to the company. The 90-day probationary period will begin when the company’s new sales team is ready to start work, most likely in the spring.
Other News:

-Scheduled public hearings to consider plat approval on the proposed development of O’Neal Gas subdivision, the proposed development of Redwood Place at Legacy subdivision, unit 8, and the proposed development of Miciotto Park subdivision, unit 1.

-Approved a request of Muddy Waters Sports Bar & Grill for a letter of no objection to selling alcohol and beer at a special Super Bowl Sunday event on Feb. 7.
Heard from a customer service representative of J&J Disposal Service, LLC during a discussion of complaints regarding trash services.
-Approved plan changes for the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District 1 of Bossier Parish.

-Adopted a resolution accepting a design exception for the Arthur Ray Teague trail extension south.

-Adopted a resolution supporting an amended application for funding through the Local Government Assistance Program for extension of a six-inch water line for Village Water System.

-Approved a proposal of Coyle Engineering for engineering and surveying services on the Bobby Byrd road drainage improvements.

-Approved a change order on the parish wastewater collection system for Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District 1.

-Approved certificates of substantial completion on two projects of the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District 1.

-Approved two requests for variance of parish regulations to allow homes to be built below road surface elevation.


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