The Washington Parish Council met Monday (March 27, 2023), adopting one ordinance and approving two resolutions, one of which furthers the prospect of lower insurance rates for Franklinton property owners. It was also announced that Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt will soon be retiring after 38 years and Council District #5 Thomas "Rusty" Fornea will not be a candidate for re-election to another term of office.
- adopted an ordinance to amend the 2023 Washington Parish Government Annual Operating Budget – American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Fund
- approved a resolution adopting the 2023 Annual Operating Budget of the Washington Parish Tourism Commission and
- approved a resolution to authorize the Parish President to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Town of Franklinton concerning Franklinton Rural Fire Service Response Area. See the video at about 4:40. The Franklinton Fire Department has for some time served not only the Town of Franklinton but also rural areas adjoining the Town. This action establishes the Town limits separate from the adjoining rural areas. Attorney G. Wayne Kuhn provided explanation. As a result of this action (and a similar action by the Town of Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen), Franklinton property owners may see a decrease in property insurance premiums when ratings are reviewed.
Parish President and his staff provided reports, beginning at 14:00 into the video.
The upcoming retirement of Transportation Manager Donnell Merritt after 38 years was announced.
Council District #5 Thomas "Rusty" Fornea announced he would not be a candidate for re-election to another term of office.
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