NEW ROADS — Mayor Robert Myer said Tuesday the city doesn’t need to renegotiate its contract with the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury regarding the day-to-day operation of the Scott Civic Center because the facility is running fine under city management.
Myer also told members of the City Council if the parish wants to back out of its two-year agreement with New Roads, the Police Jury should buy the city out of the contract and run the multi-use center on its own.
“We know they can’t run the facility, but if they want to buy us out, they need to buy us out and take it over,” Myer said.
Myer made his comments after informing city leaders he received a six-month notice from the parish attorney asking the city to engage in renegotiation talks with the Police Jury about the contract.
Police Juror Janet Vosburg asked the Police Jury on Aug. 13 to take action because she felt stipulations in the parish’s two-year agreement with New Roads need amending.
At the Aug. 13 jury meeting, parish officials also claimed the city was ignoring certain stipulations in the agreement and shutting parish officials out of management decisions that are supposed to be voted on by a five-member commission composed of two jurors, two New Roads city councilmen and the mayor.
In the two-year agreement, effective April 12, 2012, the parish relinquished its day-to-day oversight of the recreational facility to New Roads after running the facility for 17 years.
“When we took over, the facility looked horrible,” Myer said Tuesday night. “There was no community pride in the facility. It wasn’t generating any revenue. Stuff went missing all the time.”
Myer said that under the city’s oversight, aesthetic improvements were made to the building and event bookings have sharply increased.
“For the first time in history, there is an event booked at the center every weekend through April (2014),” he said.
The mayor told council members he has no intentions of hiring a lawyer or taking any further legal action in the matter.
Councilwoman Bernadine St. Cyr, who sits on the Civic Center Commission, said she was insulted that Vosburg and Juror Cornell Dukes didn’t raise their concerns about the center’s operation by going first to the commission.
“None of us were informed of any of the concerns they had in reference to the Civic Center,” she said.