The Washington Parish Council met Monday (October 25, 2021) evening and appointed members of the Redistricting Advisory Panel. Appointed were Kay Kay Varnado (District 1), Seth Descant (District 2), Michelle Goode (District 3), William Lewis (District 4), Brent Jones (District 5), Jerome Warren (District 6), and Stuart Varnado (District 7). To facilitate the work of redistricting of council districts by the end of the year, the Council voted at the meeting on October 11, 2021 to appoint Marshall Buddy Jenkins as a consultant to the Washington Parish Council (as recommended by the Infrastructure Committee) and established an Advisory Panel. Jenkins “crunches” the numbers to comply with redistricting requirements and makes recommendations to the Council, who will vote on how council districts lines will be drawn. The Advisory Committee will participate and provide for transparency in the process.
In other business, the Council
- heard from a SBA Disaster Assistance Public Information Officer,
- introduced an ordinance to amend the 2021 WPG annual operating budget,
- introduced an ordinance adding Nobles Cemetery Road to the “No Thru Truck Routes” ordinance,
- approved a resolution removing Sanford Road from the Road System Maintenance List,
- approved two resolutions correcting terms of expiration for the Washington Parish Communications District,
- approved a resolution changing the polling place of Ward 4, Precincts 10, 10A and 11 from the Palestine Baptist Church Hall to the Rio Fire Station for the December 11, 2021 election,
- approved a resolution of appointment for the Washington Parish Fire District No. 9. Board of Directors, and
- heard reports from Parish President Richard Thomas and his staff.
President Thomas (beginning at 14:50 into video of the meeting) reported on COVID-19 in the parish and efforts to improve broadband including the naming of Tommy Thiebald to head the effort.
Finance Director Donna Graham reported on the budget and stated she was astonished at the increase in sales tax revenue. Graham also reported that 150,000 cubic yards of debris was picked up, with the cost for 128,000 cubic yards to be reimbursed 100% by FEMA and the remainder to be reimbursed at 80%.
Public Works Director Ken Wheat provided a report that recognized the tremendous work done by WPG employees to timely complete cleanup following Hurricane Ida.