Police Jury Briefs – Feb. 24, 2016

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Jury to study potential ordinances

Bossier Parish Police Jury members will be taking a look at the possibility of drafting ordinances governing a variety of items after hearing information during a meeting of the panel’s subdivision committee.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford said he believed a study of traffic during peak hours might require a traffic study be required before new subdivisions or additions are begun. Ford said the optimum number of trips according to state requirements is 100.

I would like to draft an ordinance requiring a traffic analysis by developers if there are 100 trips in a peak hour. The state requires such a study, this would give us the right to ask for one,” Ford said. “I’d like for us to have that in our regulations.”

Ford also told committee members that a problem concerning fence setbacks on corner lots in parish subdivisions. Currently, no ordinance specifies the distance a fence must be from existing or planned sidewalks.

Why ask for a setback on houses and not on a fence,” Ford pointed out. “In some cases the homeowners are violating their own covenants set by neighborhood associations.”

Ford said permits for fences over four feet tall might be required in the future to insure homeowners follow setback requirements. Meanwhile, the police jury will consider a possible ordinance to govern setbacks on fences.

Committee members also learned that as the parish sewer system moves closer to completion, interest in subdivision development is soaring. Ford said landowners and developers are contacting the jury office about potential subdivisions ranging from a few homes to as many as 2,000.

Ford said areas of interest included Bellevue Road, Covington Road and along La. 157.

Young Rd. bridge reconstruction continues

Bossier Parish Police Jury highway department workers are making progress on reconstruction of the bridge on Young Rd. near Ivan. Pilings have been driven in place and work is proceeding on the bridge cap. No time frame has been set for completion of the project.

During the Feb. 18 regular meeting, jury members:

  • Accepted bids for sewerage district #1 north Bossier area for sewer force mains and gravity mains and for the Kingston Rd. lift station.
  • Approved plats of the proposed developments of O’Neal Gas subdivision, Redwood Place at Legacy subdivision, unit 8, and Miciotto Park subdivision, unit 1.
  • Scheduled public hearings to consider approval of the property survey for River Rouge Plantation, for plat approval of the Roby Rd. dedication and approval of the plat of proposed development at Willow Heights subdivision, unit 1.
  • Agreed to condemn property at 117 Cedar Brook Lane, Haughton.
  • Adopted a resolution supporting renewal of a 2.5 mil property tax for the Caddo-Bossier parishes Port Commission.
  • Approved a plan change for the sewerage district primary sewer lift stations and force mains, north Bossier area.
  • Approved a proposal for surveying services from Coyle Engineering for cross sections of Willow Chute Bayou.
  • Approved a proposal of Forte and Tablada for professional services on replacement of the Sligo Rd. bridge over Foxskin Bayou.