East Feliciana Parish manager successor discussed

An East Feliciana Parish Police Jury committee met Monday and will meet again Friday to discuss replacing Parish Manager Glen Kent, who plans to leave his post by the end of the year.

The Personnel Committee met with Kent before the jury’s regular meeting but did not have a recommendation. Kent recommended appointing an interim manager if he leaves before the jury makes a decision on his successor.

The interim manager should understand that the appointment does not mean he or she is next in line for the job, Kent told the committee.

Kent said he wants give up the post because of family obligations.

Topics addressed by the full jury during its meeting included:

GRANT APPLICATION: Jurors authorized Forte and Tablada, a Baton Rouge engineering firm, to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for a road project in a low- to moderate-income area. Company official Bobby Badeaux said the west end of Carruth Road would be a good candidate for the grant.

DEBRIS PICKUP: Jurors accepted the $43,866 low bid of a Bay Springs, Miss., subsidiary of Hol-Mac Corp. for a knuckle-boom grapple device and truck bed for a trash truck chassis the jury recently purchased. Until the truck is outfitted, the jury will ask a private contractor to step up its trash collections from once a week to three times a week to catch up a backlog.

OIL SPILL: Homeland Security Director Bud Weigand reported that a shutoff valve failed on an oil well on Beaver Creek Road Sunday, causing oil to run into about 60 to 80 feet of a ditch along the jury’s road. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is directing the cleanup of well site and off-site properties. Some oil went into the Amite River, Weigand said.

ZONING MAP: Jurors accepted a corrected zoning map of the northwest quadrant of the parish from the Planning and Zoning Commission, which is systematically correcting errors in the old zoning map. The commission will now address the southeast quadrant, Chairman Mike Salmon said.