Jones on barge: Don’t wait for permit
An unplanned report came during the Franklin City Council meeting Tuesday.
Councilman Dale Rogers asked Rep. Sam Jones (D-Franklin) if he had any word on possible removal of the barge that has been overturned in the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal since April of 2010.
“I do know the parish president has worked diligently to get it done,” Jones said. “I know the parish council has, they’ve run up on bankruptcy issues.”
Legal counsel Vince Borne said the “bankruptcy trustee overseeing that scenario, involving T. Moore Services, who filed for bankruptcy. She was the person responsible for removal, she filed bankruptcy, it’s tied this process up. I believe July 26, if I’m not mistaken, is the date which (the trustee) will seek from the judge permission to have essentially what’s similar to a sheriff’s sale, which will clear big liens.”
A public sale would allow a salvage company to purchase and remove it lien-free, Borne said.
“It seems to be going forward, and there seems to be some interest from certain companies to place bids when the time comes,” Borne said.
“I hate to make predictions…but it’s sort of like the flood situation,” Jones said. “It’s sort of like the flood situation, and Bill Hidalgo (levee board chairman) and I told him, don’t wait for a permit. Just make the decision and if we all go to jail because we didn’t have a permit, I’m sure somebody’ll bond us out.”
Jones said that “maybe if it’s not out of there by Halloween we just get some C4 (explosives) and we can go handle that.”
“I’m with you on it,” Roger said.
“That’s the frustration people have with government at that level,” Jones said.