- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - A 5.431 acre piece of land in Cheniere Lake Park will be put on the market as the Ouachita Parish Police Jury voted unanimously to approve the sale.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1vGBz8h) the jury approved the sale Tuesday, noting the property will go to the highest bidder. The jury will retain all mineral rights on the property that was appraised by Appraisal Consultants and is valued at $70,000.

According to the ordinance, the minimum bid accepted for the property will be $70,000.

Police Jury President Scotty Robinson said the property has caused several problems for the jury.

“It’s an undeveloped property,” he said. “The only thing out there is a boat dock. We had several residents in the area call a few years back and complain about people being loud and cranking up music. We passed an ordinance to close it at night, but it hasn’t been much help. Maintenance has been a headache. There’s trash cans, but they throw litter down on the ground.”

The sale will be conducted through a sealed bidding process and bids are due to the jury by March 26.

Robinson said he has received several calls from potential buyers but none has laid out any plans for what they would do with the property.

Revenue from the sale will offset a purchase by the jury of a similar property in the area.

“We purchased some land for about $85,000,” Robinson said. “It’s a good trade for us.”

Robinson said he hasn’t received any calls in opposition to the proposed sale.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com


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