Bossier Parish Police Jury embraces tele-meeting

Unusual circumstances often require unusual solutions and the Bossier Parish Police Jury applied a never-before-tried forum to conduct business at Wednesday’s regular meeting.

In order to stay in compliance with social distancing and other requirements that are now standard due to the COVID 19 virus outbreak, jury members conducted parish business from three locations: in the courthouse meeting room, from an adjoining conference room and four residences via ZOOM video conferencing.

“This was a very unusual circumstance, but the business of serving Bossier Parish has to go on,” said police jury President Jimmy Cochran. “Our IT department did a really good job of getting us connected so we could do what we’re elected to do.”

During Wednesday’s unique meeting, police jury members:

  • Approved the application of Brian Crawford, Willis-Knighton Health System, to the Bossier City-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission for a zoning amendment to change the zoning classification of a certain tract of land being 7.964 acres, more or less, from R-A, Residential Agricultural District, and R-LD, Residential Low Density District, to B-2, Limited Business District, for a Willis-Knighton medical office facility. 
  • Rescheduled a public hearing on May 20 to consider increasing the speed limit on a portion of Young Road, beginning at Coker Road/Bass Road east to Highway 160, from 25 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour. 
  • Rescheduled the public hearing on May 20 to consider approval of the plat of the proposed development of Fairburn subdivision, Unit No. 4, being a resubdivision of Lot 1, Fairburn subdivision.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on May 20 to consider adoption of an ordinance prohibiting the use of “jake brakes” or “unmuffled compression brakes” on Old Plain Dealing Road, beginning at the town of Benton limits to the town of Plain Dealing limits. 
  • Scheduled a public hearing on May 20 to consider adoption of an ordinance amending Chapter 94 of the Bossier Parish Code of Ordinances, “Roads and Bridges,” to add Article V “Small Wireless Facilities,” which provides a fair and predictable process for the deployment of small wireless facilities, while enabling the Parish to promote the management of the right-of-way in the overall interests of the public health, safety, and welfare.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on May 20 to consider the site plan for the proposed Dollar General subdivision. 
  • Approved the application of Kayla McLean for a 2020 Bossier Parish beer license at La Esperanza, 756 Highway 80, Haughton.
  • Accepted the resignation of Ms. Nancy Penwell from the Benton-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Appeals effective immediately.
  • Approved appointment Charles W. “Wes” Shepherd to the Benton-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ms. Nancy Penwell, term to expire April 1, 2025.
  • Approved reappointment of Dr. Michael Acurio to the Benton-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Appeals, for a five-year term, term to expire April 1, 2025.
  • Reappointed Tim Wheelahan to the Bossier City-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission Board of Adjustment, for a five-year term, term to expire April 1, 2025.
  • Approved the proposal from Testament, LLC, for repairs to a failed outfall culvert to Willow Chute Bayou in Kingston Plantation subdivision, and to authorize the execution of documents. 
  • Ratified approval of the subdivision name change of Ritter Hills subdivision to Rocky Ridge subdivision. 
  • Accepted streets and drainage in Belmere Subdivision, Unit No. 5, into the parish road system for permanent maintenance.