PC to be briefed on closing of east end VA office
The Veteran’s Service Office in Morgan City is scheduled to close on Sept. 1.
The St. Mary Parish Council is slated to hear from a VA representative on the matter when it meets in regular session Wednesday.
Chuck Davidson, southwest regional manager of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will address the council on operations of the office.
However, a letter to the council posted on the agenda from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Lacerte details justifications for closing the office.
“St. Mary Parish currently has two service offices; one in Franklin and one in Morgan City,” the letter states. “While the service office in Franklin sees over 70 veterans per month, the Morgan City office averages less than 10 veterans per month. Based on these indicators, the Morgan City office is not meeting the LDVA minimum standards of a successful service office. Additionally, the Morgan City office does not have adequate equipment and file storage to efficiently and effectively operate the office. Specifically, the office is lacking internet access, an individual phone line and secure file cabinet space. The VAC currently has to ferry claimant files back and forth from the Franklin office to Morgan City which is ineffective and can potentially result in benefit delays for the claimants. Based on these observations, LDVA finds it difficult to justify keeping the Morgan City office open.”
Other items on the agenda include:
—Introduction of an ordinance amending the 2013 fiscal year budget.
—Consideration of a proposed ordinance on temporary access and work area grants of servitudes with property owners in the area of Atchafalaya basin levees west of Berwick and the west Bayou Sale Gordy levees. A public hearing on the ordinance will be called at 5:45 p.m.
—Resolutions on contract amendments with South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority and Fairview Treatment Center and Claire House; a cooperative endeavor agreement with the state on infrastructure improvements at the Charenton Canal Industrial Park; and agreement with Crosstex Pelican LLC on surplus dirt.
—Appointments to various boards and committees.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of the courthouse in Franklin.