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Parish, WCI compromise on fines, pickup

Jurors deny ‘space’ request from D.A.

Following last week’s lengthy discussion concerning solid waste pickup in the parish, the police jury and Waste Connections, Inc., have come to a compromise.
At Tuesday night’s police jury meeting, President David Savoy explained that he and Dustin Fortenberry, district manager for the company, had met Friday (Oct. 4) to talk about:
• the liquidated damages being withheld from the parish’s monthly payments to WCI; and
• the company’s recently enforced policy of refusing to pick up more than two carts per residence.
Donna Bertrand, reported during last week’s committee meetings that, from March, 2018, through August, 2019, the parish has withheld $148,950 in liquidated damages — or fines — for contract violations.
As part of the compromise, the parish agreed to waive half of that total — “about $75,000,” Bertrand said.
Savoy said that, in return, WCI will “pick up what you put out” on collection days.
“They’ve agreed to pick up the cans that are put out, up to a point,” Savoy said. “If someone is consistently putting a bunch of cans — four or more — it’ll be reported and they can expect a letter.”
Bertrand added that WCI’s will be credited the agreed-upon waived amount on its monthly bill.
D.A. request
In other action Tuesday night, the jury denied a request by the district attorney for exclusive use of an office space adjacent to the meeting room.
The room, situated between the D.A.’s office and the meeting room, currently is “shared” by the two entities. The police jury uses the room when it enters executive session during meetings. The D.A.’s office uses it daily for work stations, conference room, witness waiting area and storage.
In a letter to the jury dated Oct. 7, District Attorney Keith Stutes said, “There is a need for more secure and efficient use of this common space to accommodated the demands of the D.A.’s office which will require renovations. The D.A.’s office will be fully responsible for the renovations and would be thankful and appreciative in the granting of the use of this space exclusively to the District Attorney’s office.”
Savoy explained that, should the jury go along with the district attorney’s request, “we would have to go across the hall (into the “small” courtroom) if we have an executive session.”
After brief discussion, the jury voted unanimously — with Chuck Broussard, Kerry Kilgore and Jimmie Pellerin absent — to deny the request.
Police juror present for the meeting were Savoy, Peter Joseph, Ronnie Fabacher, Robert Guidry and Richard Faul.

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