East Feliciana agrees to help Clinton

The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury agreed Monday to issue building permits and conduct construction inspections for the town of Clinton.

The town has been using the services of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety, which set up the parish program after the Legislature enacted mandatory building codes throughout the state in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The jury will not charge the town for performing the services but will use the same fee schedule it charges for permits and inspections.

Jury Building Inspector Larry Thompson said the arrangement, requested by new Mayor Lori Ann Bell, is in the best interest of the parish, adding that most of the new construction being done is in Clinton or in the immediate area.

Other topics before the jury included:

ANIMAL WELFARE: Jurors agreed to approach the parish’s two judges about requiring people convicted of animal cruelty charges to pay a portion of their fines to the jury for animal welfare purposes.

Wayne Aucoin, of the Feliciana Animal Welfare Society, said a similar arrangement is working in West Feliciana Parish where the Police Jury, Sheriff’s Office and a local animal welfare association cooperate to operate an animal shelter.

Members of the East Feliciana group criticized the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office for its approach to animal cruelty cases and asked jurors to speak directly to Sheriff Talmadge Bunch.

MOBILE HOME LAW: At the request of the parish Planning and Zoning Commission, jurors agreed to hold a 5 p.m. public hearing April 1 on proposed revisions to the parish’s mobile home ordinance.

The jury received the revisions last year.

Planning Commission Chairman Mike Salmon said the revisions “are more lenient in dealing with existing situations” in the parish.