City, parish officials in Pointe Coupee look to end feud

Mayor Robert Myer and the City Council agreed Tuesday to meet with Pointe Coupee Parish police jurors who represent portions of New Roads in an attempt to end the ongoing feud between the city and the parish which escalated recently over residential trash service.

City leaders’ willingness to hash out their differences with the parish came at the request of Juror Justin Cox who extended an olive branch during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

“At the end of the day, its going to take a discussion and not emails and letters, “ Cox said to Myer and the council.

Last week, the Police Jury rejected a request from the city asking the parish share a portion of a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to residential trash service.

New Roads made the request after it secured its own five-year contract for residential trash service with Republic Services to provide collection services to 1,800 households within the city limits at a rate of $18 a month.

In doing so, the city walked away from the parish’s garbage contract with Progressive Waste Solutions.

Last week, the Police Jury also decided to suspend once-a-month collection of residential bulk waste and white goods within the city limits effective March 1 since New Roads residents would no longer be paying into the service once their garbage contract takes effect.

In his response Tuesday night, Myer referred to the Police Jury’s actions as a bullying attempt on the city.

“When the Police Jury doesn’t get their way, they penalize taxpayers in New Roads,” he said. “There is no reason the Police Jury should have gotten mad about us savings the citizens money with our contract.”

The parish charges $18.50 per month for garbage collection.

Before the council moved on to its next agenda item Councilman Kurt Kellerman quipped, “Can we all just get along?”