dray

United States

#21 Nov 11, 2012
I don't know about the contacting of the residents but I do k ow this area is tore up pretty bad... Not cool!

“Fresh Air”

Since: Jan 11

Saint Francisville

#22 Nov 12, 2012
Apparently, both Ms. Williams and Mr. McVea are potential candidates for parish president.

There are also other things worth readng in this article:

http://theadvocate.com/home/4386396-125/west-...
Pushup

Saint Francisville, LA

#23 Nov 12, 2012
countrylad wrote:
Apparently, both Ms. Williams and Mr. McVea are potential candidates for parish president.
There are also other things worth readng in this article:
http://theadvocate.com/home/4386396-125/west-...
Tom is a good guy but i feel we need some who is not so old school. Hashagen is stiff necked but he did a good withe the water district an has don a fairly decent joj as manager. Lea would be interesting.
Pushup

Saint Francisville, LA

#24 Nov 12, 2012
countrylad wrote:
Apparently, both Ms. Williams and Mr. McVea are potential candidates for parish president.
There are also other things worth readng in this article:
http://theadvocate.com/home/4386396-125/west-...
wow....pardon the typos. I need a cup of coffee!
louisv

United States

#25 Dec 7, 2012
As a resident I find these postings very interesting, especially about Mrs. Williams. "Ability to analyze and understand the intricacy of governing", "level headed", "running a business" etc....Mrs. Williams has been nothing but this. Where do you get being a paralegal and a nursing degree the ability to run a parish? Mrs.Williams is nothing but transparent also, there will be no balancing of any budget. She has picked this fight with the Lamberts and it will lead our Parish into spending hundreds of thousands for what reason? So we can buy it? I personally know many developers who laugh at our new government and their lack of economic success to the parish. I asked this before, what have we developed commercially? A Best Western and relocated a restaurant. WOW!!! We need to attract business not discourage. Put our tax paying dollars to good use, quit the continuos litigation, and maybe we will get back on track. Otherwise we will be back on the cover of 225....
Tommy

United States

#26 Dec 7, 2012
louisv wrote:
As a resident I find these postings very interesting, especially about Mrs. Williams. "Ability to analyze and understand the intricacy of governing", "level headed", "running a business" etc....Mrs. Williams has been nothing but this. Where do you get being a paralegal and a nursing degree the ability to run a parish? Mrs.Williams is nothing but transparent also, there will be no balancing of any budget. She has picked this fight with the Lamberts and it will lead our Parish into spending hundreds of thousands for what reason? So we can buy it? I personally know many developers who laugh at our new government and their lack of economic success to the parish. I asked this before, what have we developed commercially? A Best Western and relocated a restaurant. WOW!!! We need to attract business not discourage. Put our tax paying dollars to good use, quit the continuos litigation, and maybe we will get back on track. Otherwise we will be back on the cover of 225....
Your right LouisV. The residents don't need any access to the River. If the Lambert clan claim they own the State Highway, then no one should question it and simply stay off the road. The Sheriff and the taxpayers can simply go to Baton Rouge if they want access to the Mississippi River. Ms. Williams has a lot of nerve and is not very politically savvy to get legal advise regarding property donated by the State to this Parish.
Lets get back on the right track to politics as usual in the Parish and don't disrupt the Lamberts good deal they had going on. If the Lamberfs claim they now own this land that was once Parish and State land, then that's good enough for me. According to the Democrat, the Lamberts are going to start charging the Town of SF for acess to the Town sewer system. The people of this area are accustomed to paying the Lamberts for use of public property. It's just the way it is. Put up or shut up.
Keep up

Baker, LA

#27 Dec 7, 2012
Now it appears the parish will have a whole new set of legal  expenses to sort out all this HRC mess. Apparently the geniuses   who proposed this failed to appoint any black members to the board writing the HRC. Questions regarding the legality of district lines under the proposed plan have to be answered. Basically the whole thing is falling apart, just one more example of what happens when unqualified people are appointed to positions. 
Unqualified

United States

#28 Dec 7, 2012
Keep up wrote:
Now it appears the parish will have a whole new set of legal  expenses to sort out all this HRC mess. Apparently the geniuses   who proposed this failed to appoint any black members to the board writing the HRC. Questions regarding the legality of district lines under the proposed plan have to be answered. Basically the whole thing is falling apart, just one more example of what happens when unqualified people are appointed to positions. 
Are you referring to Atty Sam Leblanc?
Catfish

Lafayette, LA

#29 Dec 8, 2012
The town has always leased that access to the Town, they own the lots that the road is built accross.
Catfish

Lafayette, LA

#30 Dec 8, 2012
I'm sory, the Lambert's have leased....Mrs. Williams decided to attempt to draw the town into this and made a formal complant asking as a town resident to end the lease
exasperated taxpayer

Baton Rouge, LA

#31 Mar 1, 2013
With all due respect for the rights of everyone to express their opinions in a polite manner( as opposed to those who are often disrespectful, spiteful and malicious) let me suggest:

1. Before you all start campaigning for Parish President, you might want to find out if the new plan of government will even get approval from the US Dept of Justice. The Jury will be spending thousands of your dollars because they did not seek prior approval of the change before putting it on the ballot. Also they will need to draw the new district lines in a non-discriminatory manner and get those approved.

2. Before you pick you candidates, I suggest you attend a few Police Jury meetings and observe how they conduct themselves. Some of the jurors (while well-meaning, giving them the benefit of the doubt), including ones being touted for President, do not even know how local government works, how to properly phrase a motion, what the Parish's budget and tax base is or what the constraints on the Jury's power are. When the property tax millages rollovers were scheduled to be voted on, they (including the Parish Manager) didn't have a clue what they were voting on, the financial impact of the vote and whether the money was even needed. Too bad they do not still televise the meetings...Your opinions expressed above about which candidates you prefer might well change.

3. Finally before you pick your condidates and vote in the next election, you should look at the amount of money spent by the Jury to date on the dispute over the Ferry Landing with the Lambert family. I understand that the Lambert family suggested meeting with the Jury to work on an agreement in a meeting last August in order to avoid both sides spending unnecessary sums and have been completely ignored. I hear that the Parish has incurred around $50,000 in fees and expenses to date which is well beyond the authority they gave themsleves in meetings last year. Where is Mr Hashagan?
just saying

United States

#32 Mar 1, 2013
louisv wrote:
As a resident I find these postings very interesting, especially about Mrs. Williams. "Ability to analyze and understand the intricacy of governing", "level headed", "running a business" etc....Mrs. Williams has been nothing but this. Where do you get being a paralegal and a nursing degree the ability to run a parish? Mrs.Williams is nothing but transparent also, there will be no balancing of any budget. She has picked this fight with the Lamberts and it will lead our Parish into spending hundreds of thousands for what reason? So we can buy it? I personally know many developers who laugh at our new government and their lack of economic success to the parish. I asked this before, what have we developed commercially? A Best Western and relocated a restaurant. WOW!!! We need to attract business not discourage. Put our tax paying dollars to good use, quit the continuos litigation, and maybe we will get back on track. Otherwise we will be back on the cover of 225....
You, Sir, are out of touch with reality. Your assumptions, accusations and acumen re. "developers who laugh at our new government" is erroneous at best. We have no new government in place, Sir. Not yet. You seem to have all of the answers but recognize none, or very few, of the questions.
Same Ole Same

United States

#33 Mar 1, 2013
exasperated taxpayer wrote:
With all due respect for the rights of everyone to express their opinions in a polite manner( as opposed to those who are often disrespectful, spiteful and malicious) let me suggest:
1. Before you all start campaigning for Parish President, you might want to find out if the new plan of government will even get approval from the US Dept of Justice. The Jury will be spending thousands of your dollars because they did not seek prior approval of the change before putting it on the ballot. Also they will need to draw the new district lines in a non-discriminatory manner and get those approved.
2. Before you pick you candidates, I suggest you attend a few Police Jury meetings and observe how they conduct themselves. Some of the jurors (while well-meaning, giving them the benefit of the doubt), including ones being touted for President, do not even know how local government works, how to properly phrase a motion, what the Parish's budget and tax base is or what the constraints on the Jury's power are. When the property tax millages rollovers were scheduled to be voted on, they (including the Parish Manager) didn't have a clue what they were voting on, the financial impact of the vote and whether the money was even needed. Too bad they do not still televise the meetings...Your opinions expressed above about which candidates you prefer might well change.
3. Finally before you pick your condidates and vote in the next election, you should look at the amount of money spent by the Jury to date on the dispute over the Ferry Landing with the Lambert family. I understand that the Lambert family suggested meeting with the Jury to work on an agreement in a meeting last August in order to avoid both sides spending unnecessary sums and have been completely ignored. I hear that the Parish has incurred around $50,000 in fees and expenses to date which is well beyond the authority they gave themsleves in meetings last year. Where is Mr Hashagan?
Your problems related to how the wording of motions should be is due to Mel Percy's and President Ricky Lambert's inexperience. Mel wants to use Roberts Rukes of Order and treats each meeting like a high school class in debste team antics. There is zero difference in HRC vs. Police Jury with the exception that you will be paying a high salary to the President. No change in meetings . No change in rulings. The requirements to be a juror do not change to be a councilman and even the DA with a law degree does not know all the thousands of rukes for Roberts Rules. If the new jurors would follow the rules of order as were in place prior to Ambrose and Ken's attempt at Roberts Rules things would run smoothly. Ifs just not that complicated. Google Roberts Rules before you start casting stones.
louisv

United States

#34 Mar 2, 2013
just saying wrote:
<quoted text> You, Sir, are out of touch with reality. Your assumptions, accusations and acumen re. "developers who laugh at our new government" is erroneous at best. We have no new government in place, Sir. Not yet. You seem to have all of the answers but recognize none, or very few, of the questions.
I do not have the answers on a new government. Seems you have missed the obvious, Lea Williams is not fit for Parish President or Police Jury seat. One of the posters above are SOOOOOOOOOO correct, this new Police Jury is draining out Parish. We need to elect educated people who know how to run a a local government. There are local residents who are attorneys, business owners etc....but do not want to enter for some unknown reason.

On the other note there are developers who have passed on our backwards parish. Have you cared to read 225 or BR Business Report? Take a look then comment, you might want to educate yourself before you post on this topic. A big box developer passed last month on WFP, decided to go to Zachary. If my comments are a laughter to you please tell me what we have built in the last 5 years, excluding the bridge which was federally funded, other than a restuarant, hotel and an addition to the hospital? Go to Zachary and look there....we could have built new pavilions at the sports complex, renovated schools, etc...for what Lea Williams has spent on her local mishaps.
Old Local

United States

#35 Mar 2, 2013
louisv wrote:
<quoted text> Many of us do not want WFP to be like Zachary. That does not mean we oppose progress and expansion, it simply means that we do not want to become another Denham Springs, Baker, etc. You claimed to be "highly educated" in your previous post. I hardly believe a GED qualifies you for that distinct honor.
I humbly agree!!!!!
Larry

United States

#36 Mar 2, 2013
louisv wrote:
<quoted text>
I do not have the answers on a new government. Seems you have missed the obvious, Lea Williams is not fit for Parish President or Police Jury seat. One of the posters above are SOOOOOOOOOO correct, this new Police Jury is draining out Parish. We need to elect educated people who know how to run a a local government. There are local residents who are attorneys, business owners etc....but do not want to enter for some unknown reason.
On the other note there are developers who have passed on our backwards parish. Have you cared to read 225 or BR Business Report? Take a look then comment, you might want to educate yourself before you post on this topic. A big box developer passed last month on WFP, decided to go to Zachary. If my comments are a laughter to you please tell me what we have built in the last 5 years, excluding the bridge which was federally funded, other than a restuarant, hotel and an addition to the hospital? Go to Zachary and look there....we could have built new pavilions at the sports complex, renovated schools, etc...for what Lea Williams has spent on her local mishaps.
Your strange hatred of Ms, Williams is apparent from your post related to your dissatisfaction with the way the jury is handling our riverfront. We all get it Louis. We know you want us to put pressure on the jury to stop looking at the facts related to the Lamberts questionable claims against the public. I suppose you feel that if you can put enough pressure on Ma. Williams there will be no further inquiry into this matter. My juror is not Ms, Williams. He is working just as hard to straighten this mess out for the public as Ms. Williams.
I do appreciate, however that she does not buckle under your continuous attempts at destroying her credibility.
Louisv

United States

#37 Mar 2, 2013
Larry wrote:
<quoted text>
Your strange hatred of Ms, Williams is apparent from your post related to your dissatisfaction with the way the jury is handling our riverfront. We all get it Louis. We know you want us to put pressure on the jury to stop looking at the facts related to the Lamberts questionable claims against the public. I suppose you feel that if you can put enough pressure on Ma. Williams there will be no further inquiry into this matter. My juror is not Ms, Williams. He is working just as hard to straighten this mess out for the public as Ms. Williams.
I do appreciate, however that she does not buckle under your continuous attempts at destroying her credibility.
Here we go again with the blame game. I never stated anything about hate, just facts or my opinion. This mess could be smaller if the Jury would have been professional in their intentions.

Inquire professionally, ethically and state your intentions. I have no problem with the Jury looking into anything as long as they are the above board. But the way they have handled the River is far from above board.
Cowboy

Arnaudville, LA

#38 Mar 2, 2013
The sooner we can elect a Parish President the sooner this community can begin the process of working together and moving forward again. The Police Jury/Lambert conflict is starting to be very, very boring. The majority of the citizens of the parish could care less and wish that it would all just go away. The important issue at hand is keeping the Home Rule Charter process moving forward as per the mandate of the voters. Steven McKinney, Kevin Couhig, Ken Dawson, Mary Godkie, Pete Newkirk and Kevin Dreher are just a few names that come to mind. Whoever it may be, now is the time for a new leader to stand up and embrace this new position and responsibility.
Old Local

United States

#39 Mar 2, 2013
Cowboy wrote:
The sooner we can elect a Parish President the sooner this community can begin the process of working together and moving forward again. The Police Jury/Lambert conflict is starting to be very, very boring. The majority of the citizens of the parish could care less and wish that it would all just go away. The important issue at hand is keeping the Home Rule Charter process moving forward as per the mandate of the voters. Steven McKinney, Kevin Couhig, Ken Dawson, Mary Godkie, Pete Newkirk and Kevin Dreher are just a few names that come to mind. Whoever it may be, now is the time for a new leader to stand up and embrace this new position and responsibility.
My God, Cowboy! The names you mentioned would be GREAT........for Jackson.
What A Joke

United States

#40 Mar 2, 2013
Cowboy wrote:
The sooner we can elect a Parish President the sooner this community can begin the process of working together and moving forward again. The Police Jury/Lambert conflict is starting to be very, very boring. The majority of the citizens of the parish could care less and wish that it would all just go away. The important issue at hand is keeping the Home Rule Charter process moving forward as per the mandate of the voters. Steven McKinney, Kevin Couhig, Ken Dawson, Mary Godkie, Pete Newkirk and Kevin Dreher are just a few names that come to mind. Whoever it may be, now is the time for a new leader to stand up and embrace this new position and responsibility.
Here we go again with the Ken Dawson mandate again. Since Kevin Couhig' brother is Kevin Couhig that would fit perfectly in with the crew who constantly want to make our government an employment agency for the wealthy. who the heck is Pete Newkirk?
Keep it up and we can completely ruin what is good about this Parish and go ahead and turn it into Zachary or should I say North Baker.
No thanks to you who keep pushing all the attributes of Zachary. I frankly do not want to be Baker or Baton Rouge.

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