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Saint Francisville, LA

#1 Mar 20, 2013

Baton Rouge, LA

#2 Mar 20, 2013
I do not think it truly depicts what happened...there was alot more "public" outcry to fix this mess than was written. On both the HRC and the Lambert property.

Tucker, GA

#3 Mar 20, 2013

"When the President asked the Jurors to ratify the action of the phone vote on PAUL LAMBERT'S charges of $4,990.00 for construction of the concrete boat ramp and $4,950.00 for clearing, grubing and dirt work, Mr. HAMILTON WILLIS asked to be heard. He stated NO BIDS were taken on the project and that it appeared that the two were an attempt to divide one project into two parts. He then read from La. R. S. 38:211-Sec 1A & Sec. 8, HE SAID EACH CHARGE SEEMED TO BE AWFULLY CLOSE TO THE $5,000 BID LAW, and he said to ratify the phone vote on the proposed payments would VIOLATE THE LAW.
The Assistant District Attorney told Mr. Willis he would check into the matter with some of the Jurors and then meet with him. He stated that ever since he represented the Jury and HAL WARE HAD BEEN DISTRICT ATTORNEY, they have been very careful to advise this Jury to comply with the public contract laws.
Mr. Willis said he would leave his comments as part of the record until he is corrected.

Tucker, GA

#4 Mar 20, 2013

Mr. LAMBERT explained that the first project , the CONCRETE BOAT RAMP had been constructed about A YEAR AGO. The Mississippi River came up and deposited silt all over the ramp, and the HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT piled up mud trying to get down to the ramp, making a bad situation worse, and the willows, in the area .....

Increases the size of the ramp had been increased 20 feet to build the ramp up to the existing road as THE OPERATOR OF THE HIGHWAY FRONT END LOADER had stated the additional length and width were necessary for him to get his equipment in and out for cleaning the ramp.
It was pointed out that the ramp had been built for the FISHERMEN AND SPORTSMEN off this area and the clearing of the ramp was to AID THE DELTA QUEEN AND THE MISSISSIPPI QUEEN BOAT TOURIST who came to St Francisville to tour the area.
Shoemake and Stutzman voted to ratify the phone vote to pay LAMBERT $4,950.00 to clean ramp and $4,990.00 for construction of boat ramp...... TO SERVE LOCAL FISHERMEN, SPORTSMEN AND BOAT TOURIST from Delta and Mississippi Queen.

Mr. Willis said he offered the same objection to he motion on the same basis and same grounds.

Tucker, GA

#5 Mar 20, 2013

"The Jury unanimously agreed to SUSPEND THE RULES on the REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY to add the item of the BOAT RAMP to the agenda for consideration and action, on motion of John Roach, seconded by Bully Shoemake.


1. The Police Jury should obtain from Mr. Lambert a detailed outline of the work performed to make sure that his costs were not totally out of line with what would be charged by others for the same type of work;

The Jury so agreed on the motion of Billy Shoemake, seconded by John Roach.

Tucker, GA

#6 Mar 20, 2013

Assistant District Michael Hughes told the jury there is a QUESTION IN THE OWNERSHIP of the PUBLIC ROAD SITE to be leased from the Illinois Central Railroad. But since THE COSTS IS ONLY $115.00 for five years IT WOULD BE BETTER TO SIGN LEASE than avoid losing the PUBLIC ROAD.

Baton Rouge, LA

#7 Mar 20, 2013
Are you ok? This is like a chinese fire drill.

Tucker, GA

#8 Mar 20, 2013

Present Hon. John Cobb, Joe Bonnaventure, TOM MCVEA, Billy D. Shoemake, Bert Babers, III, and Otis L. Wilson.

Agenda: Boat Docking Facility
On Motion of Billy Shoemake and seconded by TOM MCVEA, the Police Jury approved the agenda items for consideration and action.
Due to LACK OF ADEQUATE DOCKING FACILITIES the Delta Queen Steamboat Company has indicated that boats will suspend stopping in St. Francisville.....

Enter into a cooperative endeavor ...
FOR USE OF PROPERTY PRIVATE OWNER will be paid a monthly rental of $1,000 ..... Shall be a period of FIVE YEARS.

Tucker, GA

#9 Mar 20, 2013
Louisv wrote:
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She was trying to push Judge Ware on the ownership. He advised her when she and Mr. Dawson signed the Lease agreement and the servitude agreement it was their admission of Lambert ownership. So many posters were sure it was Ricky who signed but it was not, clearly assumptions
No one spoke he pulled them into his chambers and advised them to settle or he would rule today on the motion and the Jury would not be happy.
There is no final verdict but one thing is for sure Judge Ware is correct, this could drag on for 4 to 5 years costing both sides hundreds of thousands. At the end it's best for both sides to sit down and talk, peacefully. Not pull the antics the jury pulled from the start.
As I said before I watched her walk up to the Lamberts and apologize for what she has done. I do not think she is sorry because if the motions would go her way it would have been totally different. Now, she has to face the music of explaining to voters her motive. She also has to be re-elected, will not be easy.

United States

#10 Mar 20, 2013
None if that has bearing on the issue at hand and all is taking out of context

Tucker, GA

#11 Mar 20, 2013
Town of St Francisville purchased 2 lots within Old Town of Bayou Sara from Paul Lambert to be used as sewer treatment facility. Along with this purchase of the 2 lots LAMBERT provided a FREE LEASE FOR FIVE YEARS for use of PUBLIC ROAD to get to the Sewer Treatment facility.

The Town taxpayers are now paying the Lamberts for access to the Sewere Treatment Facility.

Tucker, GA

#12 Mar 20, 2013
1867 to 1956

Town of Bayou Sara and the Parish of West Feliciana

Lease from Government to various individuals

1882 lease from Town to John F. Irvine
"The PUBLIC LANDING" of the TOWN OF BAYOU SARA embracing ALL THE RIVERFRONT between Centre of PRINCIPAL STREET and the MOUTH OF BAYOU SARA CREEK with all inclusive privilege of occupying the same for WHARFBOAT or Elevation purposes and making such alteratio s and Improvements on said public landing as he may deem best.....

irvine to PAY TREASURER OF SAID TOWN OF BAYOU SARA Nine Hundred Fifty dollars annually.

That he will place at said landing a good and substantial WHARFBOAT or Elevator or both......
To be built upon plan adopted by the Mayor and Council of said town.....
That he will keep I. Good order the roads leading to the Wharfboator Elevator..
Now What

Saint Francisville, LA

#13 Mar 20, 2013
Assistant District Attoney has recussed himself from any and all matters regarding the Lamberts and the public's issue with the riverfront property because he claims he has a conflict of interest because his law firm represented the Lamberts in these matters.

He remained involved when the State began trying to transfer the property to the Parish. That was in December of 2011.

I am unsure why he reprsented the Parish on these issues in the past.

What is the issue with the "FREE" or "NEARLY FREE" LEASES FOR A FIVE YEAR PERIOD.
The 5 years must have some significance in the non-owner being able to claim ownership of property they know they do not truly own.
Great and Powerful Oz

Saint Francisville, LA

#14 Mar 20, 2013
and wrote:
None if that has bearing on the issue at hand and all is taking out of context
"Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain"
Special Lambert Meeting

Saint Francisville, LA

#15 Mar 20, 2013

The Police Jury was called to order by the PRESIDENT HON HARVEY GARRETT. The following were present 1) John Ard 2) WJ Harvey 3) FL McIntyre 4) John Peterson 5) Harvey Garrett

Absent jurors 1) JH Babers, 2) Charles Sheets 3) Mrs. Sarah Martin 4) FL Owens

Mr. Paul Lambert and his attorney, Mr. John R. Rarick appeared at the meeting. MR. LAMBERT ASKED the police jury to consider selling him the OLD LEVEE ON THE EASTERN EDGE OF BAYOU SARA from the Mississippi River to the center of the Illinois Central Railroad RIGHT OF WAY.
Inasmuch as the OLD LEVEE is believed to be PUBLIC PROPERTY the Police Jury under authority of RS 33:4711 has the privilege of selling the PUBLIC PROPERTY to the highest bidder.

Agreed to sell on April 1, 1960 to the highest bidder.
Motion passed per Lamberts request.
Slick Moves

Saint Francisville, LA

#16 Mar 20, 2013
Police jurors agreed at Mr. Lambert's request to sell him the OLD LEVEE ON THE EASTERN EDGE OF BAYOU SARA.

What John Rarick wrote up at Mr. Lambert's request the following property description.
Thirteen acres, more or less being a tract 110 feet in width running 5200 feet in length and identified as the OLD TOWN OF BAYOU SARA LEVEE.

he also included the OLD RIVER FRONT LEVEE.
running into blacktop highway known as S.R. No. 10 leading to the SF NR ferry.

then for good measure he threw in "together with all the land thereunder and adjoining same which belongs to the public".

The stipulation for being able to sell public lands to a private individual requires that the land is no longer needed for public use.

The property description did not include the 15 acres of riverfront property currently being used by the public for a boat ramp and ferry ramp and sportsman and steamboat area. That is because even though Lambert and his attorney Rarick did change what the jury had agreed to sell to Mr. Lambert, they did not include nor could have they included this much larger non-sellable piece of public lands.

Saint Francisville, LA

#17 Mar 20, 2013

Mr. Herbert FREDERICKS and his attorney SAM D'AMICO,
Mr. Paul Lambert and Mr. Edw. Harvey and Mr. Campbell with Mr. Lsmbert and our District Attorney Hon. W. F. Kline appeared before the Police jury in reference to the FERRY FRANCHISE
and the fact that Mr. PAUL LAMBERT has put in a BARGE WITH A TUB BOAT TO HANDLE GRAVEL he is buying in this Parish and selling in POINTE COUPEE parish.
Mr. FREDERICK contends that MR. LAMBERT IS VIOLATING HIS FRANCHISE nad he is asking that MR. LAMBERT BE ESTOPPED from operating his barge and boat.
The matter was fully discussed by all parties present and after due consideration of the matter, MR. HARVEY MOVED that NO ACTION BE TAKEN in this matter. Miss Towles seconded the motion which was stated to the Police Jury by the PRESIDENT AND declared unanimously adopted.
MR. FREDERICK through his attorney gave notice he would continue his EFFORT TO STOP MR. LAMBERT FROM THE WORK HE IS DOING.

NOTE: Mr. Lambert was given permission by the police jury to operate his tug boat and barge at the riverfront as it was a free enterprise endeavor. Mr. Babers and Mr. Garrett had business agreements with Mr. Lambert during this time period for gravel and sand.

Saint Francisville, LA

#18 Mar 20, 2013

Hon. W. D. Foles being in the room was called on to inform the police jury as to the STATUS OF THE FERRY matter since the law was passed by the legislature authorizing the operation of a free ferry between West Feliciana Parish and Pointe Coupee. Mr. Foles stated that he had been informed by the Highway Department that engineers had been assigned to work up plans for the new ferry and as soon as reports were in, they expected work to begin. Mr. Foles was thanked for his good work in getting the FREE FERRY LAW PASSED.

Note... In 1949 when the WF Police Jury chose to use their portion of the State Road Funds for the Parish ferry improvements, plans were made to move Highway 35 from Sunstreet which went down to the river for the ferry approach, the ferry landing and riverfront area was owned, maintained and leased out by the Parish of West Feliciana to the ferry franchise of Mr. Fredericks.
In 1952 the Highway was moved over to the Parish owned "Principal Street" and renamed Highway 10. This Highway 10 then returned just below the oyster bar to the original ferry approach road which had been in place since 1860s. The State was given ownership of the Highway 10 but the Parish continued to own, maintain and lease out the 2 ferry approaches and landing areas.
The Riverfront property from at least 1860 was always claimed, possessed and maintained for the good of the public as a fishing, boating, ferry, transportation, wharf and steamboat landing.
Higher Calling

Saint Francisville, LA

#19 Mar 20, 2013
Sounds like the Police Jurors might need to seek a higher court to hear this matter or else get it moved to another parish. I don't know how fair the hearing will be considering this information.

United States

#20 Mar 20, 2013
Higher Calling wrote:
Sounds like the Police Jurors might need to seek a higher court to hear this matter or else get it moved to another parish. I don't know how fair the hearing will be considering this information.
Strange, I'm not seeing anything there that will prevent them from having a fair trial. I'm also not seeing anything there that hurts them in their current suit.

You have problems determine relevancy don't you?

Looks to me all that is nothing more than a person with way too much time on their hands is grasping at straws trying to prove something they can't.

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