Police Jury holds officer election

By Jeffra Wise DeViney

Cameron Parish Police Jury met on Friday, Feb. 4, for their regular monthly meetings with all Jurors present.

Elections were held for 2022 President and Vice President with Curtis Fountain, Dist. 2 elected President and Joe DuPont, Dist. 6 elected Vice President.

Woody Daigle, representative for Senator John Kennedy’s office introduced himself as the area representative. He articulated that Sen. Kennedy “is willing to do anything he can to help his constituents.” He mentioned the door is always open for facilitating Cameron Parish if funds are held up in the claims stage once it has been filed.

Additionally, he is willing to help constituents needing help with SBA Loans, Veterans Affairs Programs, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, etc. The Lake Charles office is located at 814 E. McNeese St. Suite 213. The phone number is 337-573-6800.

Several Holly Beach residents along with Mike Gaspard, Board Member of Beach Front Development District 1 spoke in favor of amending the ordinance on Holly Beach that restricts any vehicles from driving on the beach. They mentioned hardships with accessibility to the beach from their homes. Sheriff Ron Johnson spoke, as he did last meeting, expressing the issue of safety, which is his responsibility as Sheriff; he said the decision is up to the Police Jury. Last meeting, he requested the jurors leave the ordinance as it was, as he would address the concerns of safety on the beach. He said the department writes tickets, not warning tickets.

Jurors voted, with 3 voting against, to advertise in the Cameron Pilot for public input to amend the ordinance to remove section a.1 from 14-60 speed limits for beach areas.

Logan Pruitt advised jurors that their carrier, Åmrisc Insurance, has dropped their policy. At last meeting there had been discussion of no action on claims taken by the carrier and the possibility of acquiring legal assistance to persue the claims. With the drop of coverage, the jurors voted to hire Mudd, Bruchhaus, Keating Law Firm to represent Cameron Parish Police Jury in Hurricane Laura/Delta Insurance Claims that are pending. They also approved the extension of the Amrisc policy to Feb. 28 and to accept Lords of London for Property Insurance pending adjustments to current building schedules. Final quotes will come back to the jury for approval.

Authority to extend the current food truck ordinance was approved for another six months in the Village of Cameron only, with the new date ending Sept. 3.

It was announced by Katie Armentor, Parish Administrator, that there is information on the Cameron Parish Police Jury website and social media about the State of Louisiana allocating funds for survivors in Cameron Parish of Laura/Delta in the Restore Louisiana Program. Persons will be able to apply by doing a survey at restore.La.gov or call 866-735-2001. You will need insurance information and FEMA ID#.