The Livingston Parish News: Dirt fill legislation, new bookmobile, high occupancy volume lanes

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Parish Council moves forward on legislation to limit dirt fill after unsuccessful attempt to abolish proposed ordinance

LIVINGSTON – Introduction of a parish ordinance to limit dirt fill on new developments drew a 7-2 vote from the Livingston Parish Council after two members pushed to abolish the proposal.

The vote came after a heated debate among members who argued that the proposal by District 2 Councilman Garry “Frog” Talbert was too restrictive and could hamper growth in Livingston Parish.

The upcoming vote May 9 – after a public hearing – will determine if the parish will impose a 24-inch limit on new residential homes up to a half-acre and 36-inch cap on lots larger than a half-acre.

As part of the proposal, homeowners could provide proof from impact studies that show that their additional fill would not pose harm to neighboring properties and waterways during a storm.

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Our sixth library branch’ | Livingston Parish Library unveils highly-anticipated bookmobile. This was the public’s first chance to tour the Discovery Mobile, which will essentially operate as a mobile library and provide access to many of the same services currently offered in the library’s five branches scattered across the parish.

Turnout better than expected for first time at new satellite location, but overall voter turnout sluggish for May 4 election. As of Friday afternoon, a total of 258 voters cast their ballots at the two precincts – 198 at the library and 60 at the Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Office in the Town of Livingston, Andrews said.

ANTI-MOSQUITO ABATEMENT | “Peaceful demonstration,” group believes mosquito abatement opposition will prevail May 4. Some call it a tax instead of a fee and others fear the effects of chemicals in their communities. Those claims have kept the “anti-mosquito abatement” crowd upbeat about the possible defeat of the funding proposal to support mosquito abatement. The final decision on the fee will go before voters on Saturday, May 4 in the two districts. 

PRO-MOSQUITO ABATEMENT | Organizers use statistics, scientific data in promotion of mosquito abatement fee. Proponents of a fee to support Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement Districts 2 & 3 believe scientific data and the potential of mosquito-borne viruses should convince voters to support the proposition May 4. The threat of West Nile Virus and neuro-invasive diseases could be minimized through testing and spraying of mosquitoes, proponents of mosquito abatement said in a community meeting April 24.

High Occupancy Volume lanes could help ease traffic congestion along I-12 corridor, state senator says. A bill sponsored by a member of Livingston Parish’s state legislative delegation could ease traffic flow on one of Louisiana’s most frequently jammed interstate highway arteries. Senate Bill 84 by state Sen. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston, would pave the way to open shoulders of Interstate 12 for use as additional lanes during peak hours of congestion.

Edith Carlin announced her plans two weeks ago to seek the District 71 state representative seat, but she has since set her sights on a different race. Carlin, a Republican, has shifted her candidacy to the District 13 state Senate race. The Denham Springs resident made her announcement two weeks after she threw her hat into the crowded race for the House seat state Rep. Rogers Pope will vacate due to term limits.

‘The perfect day’ | Sun shines, crowds fill up the Antique Village for annual Spring Fest. There was a little something for everybody on this day. But perhaps the only thing that was missing — “thankfully,” organizers said — was the bad weather that’s put a damper on this festival in years past: There wasn’t a cloud in the sky over the Denham Springs Antique Village on Saturday, with many vendors and visitors calling it “the perfect day.”

In sports, Holden won their third straight state championship, which you can read all about here -> https://www.livingstonparishnews.com/sports/content-hub-holden-wins-its-third-straight-class-b-state/article_e9e730ae-69aa-11e9-823b-1bd9110fa8dd.html

Paige Duncan of Denham Springs claimed the Division 1 state championship in tennis, while Caroline Covington, also of Denham Springs, will compete in the state golf tournament.

You can see the huge amount of Livingston Parish sports here.

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