Police Jury meets March 3

By Jeffra Wise DeViney

The Cameron Parish Police Jury met on Thursday, Mar. 3 for their regular monthly meeting.

District Attorney Tom Barrett addressed the jurors on reviewing current livestock ordinances to clarify what roads cattle can be on. He also mentioned condemnations of buildings. It has been one and a half years after the hurricanes but many property owners, due to litigation reasons as well as waiting on insurance, are still having issues. He asked if the jury may want to take each as a case by case matter.

Katie Armentor Parish Administrator, stated that 26 properties had been cleared to date and condemnations move on complaints.

Don Sobba spoke on behalf of Angler Bay Road to ask jurors to take over maintenance on the road. Discussion from jurors was to let the engineers and staff look at the road to make assessments before bringing the matter back to the jury.

Ron Johnson with Grand Lake Fire Board, discussed using insurance funds that have been received to put up the fire station instead of waiting on FEMA. Eight contractors have been contacted with one bid coming back in at $73,200. The Fire Board will be meeting to discuss it further.

Lee Myers of Holly Beach made a plea to the jurors to ask for their consideration in not deleting the existing Section (a.1) (1) from 14-60 speed limits for beach areas. He contended the ordinance was put in place for safety reasons so that people would not ride off-road vehicles or vehicles without a valid license, where families gather at the beach. He said everyone gathers in front of the camps with families and walks to the water’s edge.

The ATVs will drive between the water and families’ canopies, causing unsafe conditions for people with their children. He mentioned curfews were not previously discussed, therefore the vehicles could run 24 hours, seven days a week.

Written comments are still being received by the jury from residents concerning this issue until 10 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 31.

There is a legal advertisement running in this week’s Cameron Pilot through Mar. 24. The jury will then make a decision at the following meeting after receiving public comments.

Owners of JW Hardware, Chuck Norrow, Nate and Nicky Mioduch, announced to the jury that they will be looking to open their retail story, offering lumber, hardware and industrial supplies. Their facility will be 2,800 square feet in the main building, 3,500 square feet in the lumber storage building and 2,800 square feet in the sheet rock storage.

State Representative Ryan Bourriague Dist. 47 (R-Cameron), talked about the Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge issues and Cameron Ferry #2 training issues. Specifications have been delivered on the new ferry and are in review. Bids are due in 2022 for new ferries. Bourriaque talked about grant funding for Southwest Coastal Watershed and that the Breakwater projects have been successful. He commended the jurors on the great job they are doing.

In the voting meeting session, jurors approved Butler Bourgeois as the Cameron Parish Police Jury 2022 Agent of record for property and flood insurance.