Jury to Send Road Package to Legislature

Parish roads play a significant role in the responsibilities of the Police Jury and the Winn lawmakers took a step in that direction at their Oct. 16 when they authorized parish engineer Henry Shuler to draft and submit its Capital Outlay requests to the legislature through its senators and representative.

The jury recently met with Shuler to create a roadwork wish list that he has reviewed to determine potential costs in order to come up with a list of projects with a good chance of state approval in the state’s Fiscal Year 2024-25.

Roadways names are Eugene Garrett, first and second half of Aunt Marie’s, Old Alexandria, L. Sullivan, Frank White, Brownville, Welcome Home, Mars Hill, portion of Gum Springs, Collins Camp, Louisiana, Blewer, Arkansas, the second half of Lum Fox and Bethlehem.

The jury agreed to a motion by Deionne Carpenter to assist the Village of Sikes by repairing potholes, installing new culvert ande adding rock on the Grady Simmons Road.

The jury also agreed to continue participation in the Enterprise Zone Incentive Program, administered through the state’s Department of Economic Development.  This is an ongoing program but governing bodies must confirm their desire to continue, following the publication of each 10-year national census.

An Enterprise Zone is a jobs incentive program that provides tax credits for both income and franchise taxes for new or existing businesses.  Targeted regions are the “bottom 40% of block groups of the state” in terms of per capita income, unemployment and the percentage of residents receiving public assistance.

The intent is to stimulate employment through tax credits available to a broad spectrum of businesses ranging from manufacture to business services to healthcare and distribution centers, to name a few.