The Washington Parish Council, at their first meeting of the year on Monday (January 11, 2021),
elected a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman to lead the Council in 2021. Reginald McMasters was elected as Chairman and Carley King was elected Vice-Chairman, both by unanimous vote, in a process presided over by Attorney G. Wayne Kuhn.
The Council addressed routine matters and also
- heard a report from Kelsey Knight with the Washington Parish Animal Shelter on adoptions, low-cost vaccine clinic, partnerships with other agencies, and other accomplishments. The report begins at 18:50 into video of the meeting
- heard a report from George Martinez with the Permit Office on new construction (an increase) and inspections, beginning at 23:15 into the video. Martinez stressed the importance of inspections (8% to 12% failed) and provided the Council examples of electrical, plumbing, and other problems encountered. President Thomas stressed the importance of the Permit Office's work as it contributes to safety and lower insurance rates for residents
- heard a report from Finance Director Donna Graham, beginning at 33:10 into the video. Her report included an update on the Choctaw Landfill, the Varnado Water Well District's $1.2 million project, and improvements that the parish is helping with at the Bogue Chitto State Park
- heard a report from Public Works Director Ken Wheat with a wrap-up of projects and accomplishments in 2020, beginning at 46:40 into the video.
President Thomas, beginning at 57:00 into the video, presented information regarding COVID-19 vaccine availability.
Following comments from Council Members, the meeting adjourned.