OPELOUSAS – The St. Landry Parish Council decided Tuesday to reverse an earlier decision to install security cameras in the Old City Market offices of the council clerks and attorney.
Issues concerning the proposed camera installations preceded another special meeting in which the council unanimously adopted a 15-year, $65 million bond issue that will use an additional 2 percent sales tax in the parish’s unincorporated areas to finance parishwide road maintenance and construction.
Council Chairman Hurlin Dupre said the security cameras aren’t needed in the clerk’s offices.
“(Security) is already tight. You can’t get in (the Old City Market Building) without going through security,” Dupre said.
Councilman Jerry Red Jr. said the decision to install the cameras came after one of the clerks, Laycie Alfred, told the council items on her desk had been moved around after working hours.
“We heard the complaint about an office that was in disarray. That’s why the issue of the cameras came up,” Red said.
Councilman Leon Robinson said he was against installing the cameras because none of the council clerks had requested the office cameras.
The council members did not discuss the bond proposition Tuesday. Bonding attorney Eric Lafleur and John Mayeaux, who represented the Sisung Group, handled the bond sale for the parish.
Money for the work will be available March 18.
Mayeaux said the debt service on the bonds will be about $5.72 million annually over the 15-year period.
Since the tax proposition passed by voters Oct. 19, there have been estimates that the tax could bring in as much as $7.9 million every year, Mayeaux said, and in some years the parish will have enough projected excess revenue to start other projects.