Possible airport in the worksJul 8th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
The Parish Council deferred an ordinance appropriating $208,095 to the Plaquemines Parish General Aviation Airport Project. The appropriation would have funded the building of an airport in the central part of the Parish.
There are no plans in place yet, but a list of possible sites is being compiled. At the top of this list is a site in the Lake Hermitage area. This site would include a 7,200 ft. runway and the possibility of some port related business. However, there are still a lot of questions and concerns regarding management and location.
“Who will monitor this?” exclaimed Councilman P.V. Griffin of District 1. “I will not support this. We do not need to be in this business.”
Despite disagreements between some members, the Council plans to continue gathering information for a more informed decision.
In other council news
On June 27 the Council held its regularly scheduled meeting. Parish President Billy Nungesser, Councilman Anthony Buras of District 5, and Councilman Keith Hinkley of District 2 were all absent. Councilman Burghart Turner of District 6, and Councilwoman Marla Cooper of District 9 arrived late.
• The Council granted the Fire Department a 1-day beer and liquor licsence for a car show that will be held in Fort Jackson on August 31 from 11-6pm.
• The Council voted 6-0 to suspend the rules, allowing Paul Tauzin to renew the permit for his fireworks stand in Belle Chasse.
• The Council passed a proclamation declaring July 7, 2013 as Madeline M. Taylor Day in the Parish of Plaquemines. Ms. Taylor was born on July 7, 1913 and will celebrate her 100th birthday.
• The Council passed a resolution 5-0 with Councilwoman Cooper abstaining, which supports action to exempt commercial fishing industry victims of the BP oil spill from having to pay federal and state taxes on any funds received from the BP Settlement process.
“BP has been dragging anchor,” said Councilman Griffin. “This will help to ease the financial burden of the fisherman.”
• The Council passed an ordinance 6-0, directing the Parish President to advertise for, and fill two Heavy Equipment Operator positions in the Flood Control Department.
• The Council voted 6-0 to settle the legal case of Dave Ancar, et al v. Plaquemines Parish Government. Case No. 38-058, Div. “B.”
• The Council passed a resolution 6-0, authorizing the Plaquemines Parish Community Agency to prepare and submit the necssary application to recieve the Community Services Block Grant Funds for the Program Year 2014. This would help the Parish with future emergency funding needs.
• The Council passed an ordinance allowing the Parish President to accept a donation of $1,000 from AEP River Operations for a reverse emergency calls system.
• The Council voted 7-0 to amend the Road Maintencance Fund, 2013 Operating Budget, stating that any grass-cutting expenditures must get approval from the Council, and that any grass-cutting contract taken up, will only be for a one year period.
• Friday, July 5 has been declared a holiday for Plaquemines Parish Government employees. All Parish government offices will be closed. Governor Bobby Jindal has also declared it a holiday for state employees.
• The Council went into executive session to discuss settling the following case: Roberta Ward v. Plaquemines Parish Government, Case No. 60-236; and an ordinance to amend the General Fund, 2013 Operating Expenditure Budget to pay for judgments and damages related to the case.
• The Council passed an ordinance 7-0 to give Entergy $200,000 to put towards replacing dilapidated poles along the Eastbank back levee, as part of the Transmission Pole Relocation Project.
• The Council withdrew an ordinance to override the Parish President’s veto, which stopped the issuing of flood elevation certificates, until a better system can be devised.
The meeting adjourned at 4:37 p.m.
Plaquemines Port, Harbor & Terminal District Meeting
• The Council voted 7-0 for a resolution stating that they are “opposed to any fresh water/sediment diversions projects in, and affecting Plaquemines Port, Harbor & Terminal District until scientific evidence is presented to support in fact that these structures will not significantly alter the flow of the Mississippi River with regards to safe navigation.”
• The Council voted 7-0 to name the Plaquemines Gazette, Official Journal for the Plaquemines Parish Council.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.