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June 15, 2021

Parish Council: Amwaste Contract, Solar Moratorium & More

The Washington Parish Council met Tuesday (June 14, 2021) evening and adopted one ordinance, introduced three ordinances, acted on three resolutions, heard a report from Parish President Thomas and his staff, and heard from one resident during the Public Participation segment of the meeting. The meeting was well-attended with most there interested in action(s) regarding the solar panel plants issue.

The Council

  • approved an ordinance granting a contract with Amwaste of Louisiana, L.L.C. for solid waste collection and transportation
  • introduced three ordinances that will be up for Public Hearings and vote on June 28, 2021

  1. an ordinance accepting approximately 4.503 miles of state roads upon rehabilitation of the state roads performed by the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) in exchange for the DOTD providing road transfer credits to the Washington Parish Government in the amount of One Million, Nine Hundred Sixty-Six Thousand, Six Hundred Eighty-One Dollars ($1,966,681.00) For the DOTD to bring approximately 5.086 miles of parish roads up to state standards under the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Road Transfer Program
  2. an ordinance accepting Delta Lane as Parish Road
  3. an ordinance accepting Tammy Lane as Parish Road

  • adopted two resolutions

  1. a resolution of appointment for the Washington Parish Fire District No. 2. Board of Directors
  2. a resolution extending the moratorium on the approval or permitting of all Solar Panel Farms or Utility Scale Solar Projects, Commercial Solar Power Plants or operations similar thereto. The resolution called for a 60-day extension. Councilman Fornea motioned for a 30-day extension but his motion failed to receive a second and a 60-day extension was approved.

During Public Participation, one resident came forward to describe a problem with litter and noise from his neighbor's dogs. The Council's attorney Wayne Kuhn offered to meet with the resident to discuss the problem and did so after the meeting ended.

President Thomas and his staff made their reports and, after comments from Council Members, the meeting adjourned.

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