Jurors hear West Feliciana poll results
An economic development official told the West Feliciana Police Jury that 89 percent of parish residents want the parish to attract new businesses and more jobs.
Sam LeBlanc, chairman of the parish Economic Development Commission, briefed jurors Tuesday night on a telephone survey of parish residents opinions on a number of public issues and possible future decisions.
LeBlanc said the survey of 400 voting residents conducted in December by Southern Media of Baton Rouge for the commission had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
The findings show parish residents want retail stores and businesses, including a Walmart, clothing outlets and restaurants as well as grocery and drug stores.
Residents also favor shopping centers, according to the survey, LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc said that although residents do not want a decrease in any services or new taxes, most are unaware that revenue from parish sales taxes and property taxes is in decline.
The survey revealed that 53 percent of parish residents bought groceries in East Baton Rouge Parish, 49 percent purchased gasoline in East Baton Rouge Parish and another 86 percent of parish residents shopped for clothes in East Baton Rouge Parish.
LeBlanc said other survey findings showed residents want to see development of new housing, mainly single-family homes in subdivisions, condominiums and apartments.
They were opposed, in general, to mobile homes.
LeBlanc said the commission plans to present its economic development recommendations to the Police Jury in the near future.
Other business conducted by the jury Tuesday night involved:
REAPPORTIONMENT: Jurors agreed to award a joint contract requiring Nancy Jensen, doing business as Garnet Innovations LLC, to draw up a reapportionment plan for the jury based on results of the 2010 census.
FOUR APPOINTEES: The jury named Bridget Plauche to the Library Board, Mike Smith to the Port Commission and Dwight Singer and Richard Barnes to the Tourist Commission
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"REAPPORTIONMENT: Jurors agreed to award a joint contract requiring Nancy Jensen, doing business as Garnet Innovations LLC, to draw up a reapportionment plan for the jury based on results of the 2010 census."
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