Fishing Piers Along LA 82.
yea yea

Abbeville, LA

#25 Apr 16, 2013
A mom from Erath wrote:
Went to the meeting tonite, and was able to get them to put off voting on closing them all together. Our company would be willing to "adopt-a-pier". Any other takers out there? I am hoping that Monkey will come lend a hand in building those piers and benches he is talking about along with helping pick up some of the trash that is out there.
The piers are structurally fine, they just need cosmetic makeovers and trash removal. I would be willing to put a camera of some sort up on mine to see what kind of lost soul would trash such a beautiful place.
There is so much the VPPJ can do without the help of the citizens. We come together for hurricanes and any other crisis that comes our way, why cant we do
this for the piers? The Jurors used to keep trash bins out there until they kept getting thrown in the canals, sad but true..
If we want to keep our state beautiful, known as the "sportsman paradise" we need to do our part also. Clean it up, adopt a pier, take pride in our state, get the sheriff involved, more patrol, camera's etc.
I they need to hurry and get the new bins out there. I need me some new duck blinds.
MrsCuldesac

United States

#26 Apr 16, 2013
Erath Mom, my question is when u say adopt a Pier, meaning to up keep, or to pay for the cost of beautifying the pier? So just the top rails and such? Would who ever adopts a pier pay for that also? Just wondering! I spoke to an uncle of mine who's been traveling this road and says the trash has always been a problem! And maintaining these piers just went downhill! The proper authorities have just ignored them also. If they would have been fixed one by one then they wouldn't be where they r right now! Neglect.
Mitchell

United States

#27 Apr 16, 2013
MrsCuldesac wrote:
Erath Mom, my question is when u say adopt a Pier, meaning to up keep, or to pay for the cost of beautifying the pier? So just the top rails and such? Would who ever adopts a pier pay for that also? Just wondering! I spoke to an uncle of mine who's been traveling this road and says the trash has always been a problem! And maintaining these piers just went downhill! The proper authorities have just ignored them also. If they would have been fixed one by one then they wouldn't be where they r right now! Neglect.
Technically, your jury millage assessment on your property taxes is supposed to provide the jury with the necessary revenue for items like the piers. Unfortunately, most juries prioritize projects in a fashion that always bewilders me. They are always crying that they are short of funds while each and every one waste valuable taxpayer dollars in their own districts. I agree the public should not have to provide additional funds for somthing they already pay for.
There will always be the issue that those who use the piers most are the same ones who pay no property taxes and cause the problems in the first place. Hence the apathy.

Sometimes we've gotta go a little above and beyond.
I really like mom's idea and spirit.

Since: Dec 11

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#28 Apr 16, 2013
Have you guys been to the new boat launch by The Pub? they have erected a huge concrete monument to themselves beside the launch with the all the names of those responsible for it's construction. the mayor Etc. In Bronze no less for all eternity to see their names. They claim to have no money? I would like to know exactly how much this monument cost and why was it needed other than to memorialize them forever.
Mitchell

United States

#29 Apr 16, 2013
NOTFADEAWAY wrote:
Have you guys been to the new boat launch by The Pub? they have erected a huge concrete monument to themselves beside the launch with the all the names of those responsible for it's construction. the mayor Etc. In Bronze no less for all eternity to see their names. They claim to have no money? I would like to know exactly how much this monument cost and why was it needed other than to memorialize them forever.
In bronze?!
And here we have one still memorializing himself in stone.
Dawn Marcelle

Seattle, WA

#30 Apr 16, 2013
Think about it.
The boat launch is City property and the pier belongs to the Parish. Two seperate budgets.

Erath Mom has an idea coming from the right place, however, maintenance and improvements come with liability. I'd bet that any roofs, benchs or maintenance to the pier would be subject to the strict building standard of the Office of State Parks.

You know people, if they stub their toe on a nail that wasn't tapped below the surface, they'll sue. And they'll sue the person who took responsibility for fixing up the pier.

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yea yea

Abbeville, LA

#31 Apr 16, 2013
and the ones complaining the most about removing them are the ones paying the least in taxes, and the ones trashing them the most.

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Gimnick Enterprises LLC

Broussard, LA

#32 Apr 16, 2013
We are the authors of the proposal A Mom From Erath presented to VPPJ last night. A mom is an officer in this company, myself being the other half of administration. This is the place to address your questions if you can't make the next meeting Wednesday the 25th.
MrsCuldesac

Lake Charles, LA

#33 Apr 16, 2013
Well, she hadn't addressed my question, yet. Maybe you can.... Adopt a Pier, please explain in full what would that involve, the full scope ( lay it out on the table)lol lol
Gimnick Enterprises LLC

Broussard, LA

#34 Apr 16, 2013
To those choosing to chime in with "it's not worth it", it's too much risk", "why bother?", or any similar defeatist sentiments, I simply offer the idea that community based efforts to rebuild after hurricanes, floods, and other disasters are nationally met with exactly that kind of derision. "Why bother rebuilding New Orleans when between the next disaster and some of the people that live there, it's just going to get destroyed again?" Residents of Louisiana generally scoff these out of state nay-sayers by saying, "If you don't understand, that's fine. You don't have to be here if you don't want to be." We DO love it here. We DO want to be here. And we want to let our home show for itself the pride we feel when we say we are from Acadiana. You don't have to think like us by any means. But if you aren't proud of your home, we ask that you stand silently aside and let those of us who are take ownership of our own responsibilities to our community.
A mom from Erath

Broussard, LA

#35 Apr 16, 2013
My idea of adopt a pier is along the lines of adopt a highway. Meaning trash removal,A little beautification, like wild flowers. Going out there once a month or so to pick up trash.
From my understanding from the meeting last nite, the piers are structurally sound. There might be a board missing here or there which I am praying that the VPPJ would be willing to pay for these.
As for trash containers out there, we would have to come up with a way to keep the lost souls (for use of other words I would like to call some people) to not steal them for use of duck blinds, or pushing them in the canal, etc. Also, to make sure they would get emptied in a timely manner. I know they have houses out this way that must get trash sevice from the parish.
Also, why not use prisoners to help with trash removal? I see this happening in other parishes. Seems we the taxpayers are paying for their stay anyway.
And there are grants out there available for such projects as these.Maybe get the board of tourism on board, as well Cameron Parish. It is a beautiful scenic road!
But, the bottom line would be that VPPJ woul still bethe entity that owns them.
Gimnick Enterprises LLC

Broussard, LA

#36 Apr 16, 2013
Culdesac, are you familiar with the Adopt A Highway program?
A mom from Erath

Broussard, LA

#37 Apr 16, 2013
MrsCuldesac wrote:
Well, she hadn't addressed my question, yet. Maybe you can.... Adopt a Pier, please explain in full what would that involve, the full scope ( lay it out on the table)lol lol
No, Ms C. You would not pay for anything, just do the leg work of picking up trash, keeping the piers clean. As stated above, keeping people from stealing or pushing trash containers in the canal.
As for as benches, etc maybe we would be able to get companies to donate the supplies, get with parks and recreations as per the specs and have people or local carpenters build them. If it is companies give them tax incentives for their help, etc.

I have tons of ideas, but baby steps as they say...
Gimnick Enterprises LLC

Broussard, LA

#38 Apr 16, 2013
Here's how funding works for this proposal: the parish produces the dollar amount average usually spent on maintaining the piers for public consideration and sets that average as the baseline. Since expenditures for areas such as these are compounded by the scope of the effort, one can reasonably deduce that that amount split between the five piers is how much it costs the parish to maintain each one factoring in all the additional costs that notoriously inflate municipal projects like fuel, public vehicle liability insurance, payroll for 3-5 workers, meals for those workers, supplies, and untold other minutia. All things considered, it is entirely feasible that if the Parish is willing to maintain 10% of those monies for the administration of this project and divert the other 90% of the funds they are already receiving to other underfunded public needs, the five businesses, organizations, or individuals who accept a contract to maintain one of the piers will find their share of the remaining funds and the greatly reduced workload enough incentive to stay at it so as not to lose that extra income. All told, the areas are preserved for public use, the participants get positive recognition and extra income, the piers stay cleaner, other public interest projects get an unexpected influx of additional resources, and all of a sudden, a notorious eyesore turns into a valid tourism draw for local businesses. And the truly beautiful part? It doesn't cost anyone a single penny more.
MrsCuldesac

Lake Charles, LA

#39 Apr 16, 2013
Gimnick Enterprises LLC wrote:
Culdesac, are you familiar with the Adopt A Highway program?
No I was not aware of it...
MrsCuldesac

Lake Charles, LA

#40 Apr 16, 2013
A mom from Erath wrote:
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No, Ms C. You would not pay for anything, just do the leg work of picking up trash, keeping the piers clean. As stated above, keeping people from stealing or pushing trash containers in the canal.
As for as benches, etc maybe we would be able to get companies to donate the supplies, get with parks and recreations as per the specs and have people or local carpenters build them. If it is companies give them tax incentives for their help, etc.
I have tons of ideas, but baby steps as they say...
Well, you surely can't do it alone! I'm Willing to help and get my family involved! After all we go to that area very often and it is a very big part of our culture!
MrsCuldesac

Lake Charles, LA

#41 Apr 16, 2013
After all Fred did say I was an excellent Gardner! Wildflowers around the area would b Gorgous! Cosmos do well in this area!:).
Just keep me informed!
Gimnick Enterprises LLC

Broussard, LA

#42 Apr 16, 2013
MrsCuldesac wrote:
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Well, you surely can't do it alone! I'm Willing to help and get my family involved! After all we go to that area very often and it is a very big part of our culture!
Thank you, Culdesac. Now we need to find others who feel as we do. This can and will work... But only if those who are willing to work get behind it and keep the momentum going.
What happens

Lafayette, LA

#43 Apr 16, 2013
In a couple of years, all of you realize that it is a never ending battle trying to keep that mess clean because mostly the ones using them are knee grows who don't give a crap?
A mom from Erath

Broussard, LA

#44 Apr 16, 2013
Awesome Ms. C!! Thanks for your support. This is exactly what we need.
I will keep you abreast of any new news as I recieve it.
I will be out there this saturday picking up trash, checking things out.
I did see where KATC put an update on their newsfeed tonite about keeping them open. Also, there is a public works meeting April 24 at 5:30 which I will be attending.
Seen where Stellys was on the news so I will be stopping there Saturday either on my way coming or going to speak to them. Or maybe both, love their gator sausage on a bun. Yummmmy...lol
Once again, thanks for your pledge of help!!

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