Sheriff to cease bond repayment reimbursement
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert has exercised his option to saddle the parish with full repayment of the Centerville jail construction debt.
An agreement with the parish on the bond repayment gives the sheriff the option to discontinue reimbursement if annual fiscal review indicates the department can no longer afford to do so, according to parish Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange.
Under the agreement the sheriff has been reimbursing the parish $408,000 per year toward the $425,000 debt service from fees it gets from the state for housing Department of Corrections inmates. That number is based on $7 per day per inmate for 160 inmates, LaGrange said. The agreement amended last October stipulated the 160 number of inmates regardless of the actual number being housed. LaGrange said the original agreement was based on the actual number of inmates which was often less than 160.
“We would have years where we would only get $300,000, we’ve always subsidized payment,” he said.
The sheriff still reimburses the parish one-third of the cost of inmate health care, LaGrange said.
The council passed the resolution agreeing to the amendment which takes effect July 1.
In other business Wednesday the council:
—Introduced an ordinance on a zoning map amendment at 932 Irish Bend Road, Franklin, from single family residential to neighborhood commercial for operation of a convenience store.
—Adopted ordinances on installation of a four-way stop sign at Southeast Boulevard and Delmar Avenue and a three-way stop sign at Arlington and Fairview streets, both in Bayou Vista; realignment of certain parish voting precincts; and declaration of certain property as surplus and authorizing the sale of same.
—Passed resolutions on a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Department of Transportation and Development on the donation of reclaimed asphalt pavement; an amendment to the health services agreement with Correcthealth Saint Mary LLC for medical care of parish prisoners; a change order on the Plantation Inn Pump Station replacement project; and an intergovernmental agreement with St. Mary Levee District on the reimbursement of levee maintenance costs.
—Approved a request from the City of Morgan City for $10,000 from the gaming fund to construct a 360-degree typhoon slide at Lawrence Park and purchase cement for a skate park.
—Approved a request by Councilman Charles Middleton for $40,000 from the gaming fund to construct a basketball court at St. Joseph Park.
—Appointed Glenn Blood and Wendall Bogan to Waterworks District 5; Virginia Sutton and Wilfred Edwards to Water and Sewer Commission 5; Gary Duhon to the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District; Daniel Lipari to the Planning and Zoning Commission; and Brian L. Head to Recreation District 3.