Jury rejects master plan wording

The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury refused Monday to accept a proposed parish master plan because of differences with the authors over the language used in parts of it.

About 20 people appeared at the meeting to support the plan’s adoption, but jurors Louis Kent and Larry Beauchamp said the committee that produced the plan refused to substitute “permissive” language for “mandatory” language for the parts covering Police Jury areas of jurisdiction.

“It’s still a plan, but it’s not as demanding,” Beauchamp said.

As an example, Beauchamp said, the plan says the parish will join a regional tourism promotion effort.

But he and Kent wanted to change the verb to
say the parish would “consider” joining a regional authority.

“Permissive language gives you so much more authority. I don’t know why there’s a problem with substituting permissive language,” Parish Manager Glen Kent said.

Mary Salmon, a member of the group that produced the plan, said other parish agencies supported the plan as it is written and their representatives are comfortable with the language.

Former Slaughter Mayor Bobbie Bourgeois said the plan is a “road map” to follow for the parish’s future.

“No, it may not happen, but it is something to guide us,” she said.

The plan can be viewed at the website, http://efpmovingforward.com.

Kent, Beauchamp, Karl Chaney, Chris Hall and Ed Brooks voted for Hall’s motion to reject the plan if it does not contain the new wording, while Jason McCray and Dwight Hill dissented.

A move to make approval contingent on the committee changing the wording failed, 3-4, with only Beauchamp, McCray and Hill voting for the motion.