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Benton, Rimmer elected to lead police jury


Glenn Benton and Doug Rimmer were elected to lead the Bossier Parish Police Jury in 2018 during the public body’s first meeting of the new year Wednesday.

Benton, who serves District 2 on the police jury, was named President, his second stint at the top since his election to the police jury in 2008. He also holds the office of 2nd Vice President for the state Police Jury Association, a post he won in 2016.

Outgoing president Bob Brotherton handed over the gavel to Benton following Wednesday’s vote.

Rimmer, who was picked as vice president, represents police jury District 8 and has served as president of the body in 2014.   

Bill Altimus was appointed to continue his tenure as Parish Administrator for another one-year term, Rachel Hauser was named Parish Secretary for another two-year term and Joe Buffington was appointed Parish Treasurer, also for a two-year term.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford told jury members that bridge crews had completed repairs on a pair of bridges on Sligo Rd. and would begin work on the Vanceville Rd. bridge as soon as the weather cooperated and contractors could begin moving equipment to the site.

He also announced that FEMA contractors have closed Mockingbird Lane just outside the Plain Dealing city limits to Stromile Rd. to replace culverts damaged during flooding in 2016. Closure is expected to last until Monday, Jan. 15.

Ford said Linton Rd., approximately one-tenth of a mile south of Linton Cutoff Rd. cutoff, would also be closed next week to replace flood-damaged culverts. FEMA will also be funding that repair. The road is expected to close Monday, Jan. 15 and could open as early as Thursday the 18th, weather permitting.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

·      Adopted a resolution in memory of the late Charlotte Bouillon, who served the Bossier Parish Police Jury as assistant treasurer from 2010 until her death in December, 2017.

·      Recommended the appointment of Billy Jordan to the Bossier Parish Communications Dist. 1 board of directors to fill a vacancy when Luke Turner resigned. This is a joint appointment with Bossier City.

·      Awarded a bid for in-place cement stabilized base course for the Ballard Rd. project.

·      Scheduled a public hearing Feb.21 to consider approval of the plat of proposed development of Faith Plantation subdivision.

·      Heard a report from an earlier meeting of the police jury’s parks and recreation committee.

·      Approved, with stipulations, the conversion of existing large storage containers to a workshop on property located on Lawrence Circle in Haughton.

·      Adopted an ordinance amending Ordinance 4662 to correct the legal description of a tract of land being rezoned from R-T (racetrack district) to R-A, residence-agriculture.

·      Approved application of Sheeba Ali for renewal of a 2018 Bossier Parish beer license at Taylor’s Grocery in Elm Grove.

·      Amended a request from Boomer’s Lounge on Hwy. 80 in Princeton to extend closing time from 9:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. for a special Super Bowl Sunday event on Feb. 4.

·      Approved a request from Heroes Tavern for a letter of no objection to selling alcohol and beer at a special Super Bowl Sunday event Feb. 4 from 12 noon until 12 a.m.

·      Reappointed Carlton Golden, Tommy Boggs, Percy Hubbard, Charles Boone, Wayne Davis, Jim Johnson, Bill Schwartz and John Michael Moore to six-year terms on the Industrial Development Board of Bossier Parish.

·      Adopted a resolution supporting Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC and allowing the company to receive local benefits of the Enterprise Zone Program.

·      Adopted a resolution supporting Performance Transport, LLC and allowing the company to receive local benefits of the Quality Jobs Program.

·      Authorized expenditure of funds for acquisition and demolition of homes at 212 Shadow Ridge Drive, Bossier City; 219 Shadow Ridge Drive, Bossier City; 223 Shadow Ridge Drive, Bossier City; 301 Shadow Ridge Drive, Bossier City and 222 Whispering Pines Drive, Haughton. Funds have been approved through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

·      Approved a change order for road and drainage improvement on the south segment project No. 2017-488.


New police jury president Glenn Benton (left) receives the president's gavel from 2017 president Bob Brotherton. Elected to serve the year as vice president was Doug Rimmer (right).



Family members of Charlotte Bouillon listen as jury member Wanda Bennett reads a resolution passed by the police jury in memory of the late Bossier Parish Assistant Treasurer. Mrs. Bouillon passed away suddenly in December. She had been with the parish police jury since 2010.

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