Following Public Hearings on three previously-introduced ordinances, the Washington Parish Council met at 6:00 PM on Monday (April 11, 2022). The majority of the meeting (31 minutes) was devoted to Washington Parish Coroner Roger Casama's request for funding (beginning at 5:00). However, Dr. Casama's presentation included few, if any, specifics on how much funding is needed or how it will be used. Funding would be generated from a tax millage that ultimately would have to be approved by the voters.
The Coroner's Office has been plagued for years with a shortage of funding. The Office has relied on other agencies to perform autopsies; at times, owing substantial amounts to those agencies. The Council generally expressed support for additional funding for the Coroner's Office and encouraged Dr. Casama to provide a detailed plan to support his request.
In other business, he Council
- approved an ordinance accepting C. Jenkins Road as a Parish Road
- approved an ordinance to provide for the reapportionment of Council Elections Districts of the Washington Parish Government after the 2020 Federal Census in compliance with Federal and State Law
- approved an ordinance accepting Newberry Drive, a/k/a Newberry Road, a/k/a New Berry Drive
- approved a Resolution Designating the Week of April 11-April 15, 2022, as National Community Development Week
- heard reports from Parish President Thomas and his staff (beginning at 39:35)
It was noted that Washington Parish Government laid 2,020 tons of asphalt in Bogalusa during March. Also, the sidewalk project in Franklinton, replacing the sidewalks on both sides of Main Street from downtown to the Fairgrounds, will begin soon.