- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has rejected a request by New Roads that the parish share a portion of a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to residential trash service.

The police jury also decided Tuesday to suspend once-a-month collection of residential bulk waste and white goods within the city limits effective March 1.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1iOBUkw ) the jury’s actions come in an ongoing battle with New Roads, the parish seat, over the city’s decision to pull out of the parish’s five-year contract for trash service with Progressive Waste Solutions.

New Roads brokered its own garbage contract in January with Republic Services to provide collection services to approximately 1,800 households within the city limits.


The tension between parish and city leaders took center stage Tuesday night as New Roads Mayor Robert Myer attended the jury’s regular meeting for the first time since notifying the parish of the city’s intentions to walk away from the parish’s garbage deal.

“This assault that’s going on against the city has got to stop,” Myer told jurors.

“Quite frankly, it’s probably because some of y’all don’t like me. Don’t let (New Roads) households suffer because y’all don’t like me. This thing can’t keep going back and forth.”

Myer also referred to legal advice the Police Jury’s attorney gave the jury on Jan. 30. The attorney told jurors not to allocate sales tax funds to New Roads without first entering into an intergovernmental agreement with city leaders.

The Police Jury reached a consensus to deny the city’s request, in part, because of the advice from its attorney but also after a report from the parish financial adviser showed that giving up a portion of the $600,000 in revenue the tax annually generates for solid waste would cripple the parish’s efforts to rebuild its coffers.

Police Jury President Melanie Bueche said part of that money goes into a rainy day fund the parish is trying to build for the next natural disaster.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com