Police Jury hears updates from Clerk, District Attorney

By Jeffra Wise DeViney

Cameron Parish Police Jury met for their regular scheduled meetings on Wednesday, Feb. 15. All jurors were present.

During the morning session Susan Racca, Clerk of Court, discussed services available through her office in the court house to include:

E-Recording (conveyances of mortgages); E-Filing (civil); Birth Certificates (available onsite); and a new service, passports (available onsite, by appointment). Applicants are required to bring their own photo – a camera is on order to be available at the Sheriff’s office in the future.

Racca reminded jurors that qualifying for the upcoming Nov. 18 election is available at her office and left forms with deadlines, and fees from Secretary of State and other pertinent information concerning upcoming elections for the year.

She concluded that for any of the services, at the Clerk of Court office, a person may call 337-775-5316, or stop by the office, or access online at cameronparishcoc2.com.

District Attorney Tom Barrett spoke about meetings that his office initiated in January that were held in Klondike/Lowry area, to visit with residents about any questions or concerns such as: public issues, criminal cases/complaints and other matters.

In February, the Clerk of Court, Assessor and Sheriff and some jurors joined him and plans are in the works to go to Johnson Bayou and Hackberry in March. The permit department and Port Director will also be joining. (An advertisement has been placed in Cameron Pilot in advance of the meeting.)

Juror Curtis Fountain had a concern about camper trailers, where FEMA was forcing residents out. He expressed that this was something they talked to legislators about stopping while a police jury delegation was in Washington. Danny LaVergne announced the deadline has been extended to June 28th now.

Katie Armentor announced that the Cameron Parish Centennial Time Capsule Reveal Ceremony is slated for Wednesday, Mar. 15, from 3-8 p.m., at the Multi-Purpose Building. There are plans for a roving display around the parish and will start at Cameron Parish Library Grand Lake Branch. The ceremony will be live streamed on Cameron Parish Police Jury’s Facebook page.

In the voting session, jurors moved to grant a drilling permit to Sulphur River Exploration.

Jurors made the following appointments:

Tammy Vincent was reappointed to Cameron Water and Wastewater Dist. No. 1;

Sam Coleman and Larry Jinks were reappointed to Fire Protection Dist. No. 10;

Wesley Hardin was reappointed to Gravity Drainage Dist. No. 9;

Kevin Vincent was appointed to Ambulance Dist. No. 1;

Brandon DeBarge was appointed to Louisiana Oyster Task Force Board;

Kevin Vincent was appointed to Cameron Parish Port Harbor and Terminal District;

Mitchell Baccigalopi was appointed to Gravity Draine Dist. No. 5; and

Logan Mannuel was appointed to Recreation Dist. No. 7

Jurors moved to accept to proceed with 1310 School Street and Batch 4 Demo properties once contractor is procured and contract signed.

Funding was approved to allocate for the LSU AgCenter for Extension Programs at $20,547 for January through December 2023.