PPC meetings to rotate locationsMar 5th, 2013 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: news
By a narrow vote, the Plaquemines Parish Council passed a resolution that allows the bi-monthly meeting sites to rotate between Pointe-la-Hache and Belle Chasse beginning March 14. Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9 voted for the legislation.
“The Charter allows this,” said District 2 Councilman Keith Hinkley, who offered the resolution. “The intent is to afford the Westbank community the opportunity to attend meetings as well.”
The resolution states beginning March 14, all meetings on the second Thursday of the month will be held at either the temporary courthouse in Belle Chasse; the courthouse annex in Belle Chasse or the Belle Chasse library. All meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month will be held at the Old Magnolia Center site in Pointe-a-la-Hache.
The council’s special attorney, Ken Rathburn, weighed in on the charter’s language and agreed with Hinkley.
“It is allowed,” Rathburn said. “The Charter doesn’t prohibit it; it says you only have to have one meeting per month at parish seat.”
The charter states: “The Parish Council shall meet regularly in public session at the Parish Seat at such times as may be specified by its rules of procedure, but not less than once each month.”
Councilchair Byron Marinovich as well as District 1 Councilman P.V. Griffin argued that rotating the meetings from Pointe-a-la-Hache “diminishes the parish seat.”
“The fact of matter is that we have established a county seat on Eastbank of the river, and we have to pay for this building whether we use it once or twice a month,” said Griffin.
A parish employee in the Telecommunications Department stated that all equipment is permanently set up at the Pointe-a-la-Hache meeting place, so more equipment would have to be acquired to accommodate the additional sites.
Other council news:
• Director of Public Works Byron Williams affirmed that the repairs needed to get the Pointe-a-la-Hache ferry landing back open were nearly complete. Tesvich Enterprises,
the construction company hired to complete the repairs have been working since Feb. 28 on the landing. “We’re getting a together schedule with DOTD to get them out to inspect the site, and hopefully we will have the ferry system open to light traffic sometime next
week,” said Williams.
• An open house sponsored by Region 6 and FEMA will be held on March 27 at the Belle Chasse Auditorium from 2 to 7 p.m. The open house will allow residents to view the parish’s newest Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The controversial FIRMs have caused an uproar among residents outside of Belle Chasse who, if the maps are adopted by the parish, will be required to elevate their homes greatly. Residents are encouraged to attend.
• The council voted unanimously to place a “Right Turn Only” sign at the exit of Taco Bell on Schlief Dr. to alleviate traffic on Highway 23.