- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - Mayor Robert Myer and the City Council have agreed to meet with Pointe Coupee Parish police jurors who represent portions of New Roads in an attempt to end a feud that escalated recently with a dispute over residential trash service.

Police Juror Justin Cox called for the meeting, saying face-to-face discussions were required.

“At the end of the day, it’s going to take a discussion and not emails and letters, ” Cox said.

The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1dMf7Fg) the Police Jury recently rejected a request to share with the city a portion of a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to residential trash service.

New Roads made the request after it secured its own five-year contract for trash service with Republic Services. The contract calls for the company to provide collection services to 1,800 households.

In doing so, the city split from the parish’s garbage contract with Progressive Waste Solutions.

Earlier this month, the Police Jury also decided to suspend once-a-month collection of residential bulk waste and other goods within the New Roads city limits effective March 1 since residents of the city would no longer be paying into the service once their garbage contract takes effect.

In his response this past week, Myer called the Police Jury’s an attempt to bully the city.

“When the Police Jury doesn’t get their way, they penalize taxpayers in New Roads,” he said. “There is no reason the Police Jury should have gotten mad about us savings the citizens money with our contract.”


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

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