- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The city of New Roads and the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury may be headed to court over the operation of the William H. Scott Civic Center.

Mayor Robert Myer sent a letter in mid-June to the Police Jury in which he threatened to take the parish to court to recoup $8,500 he says the parish owes in insurance payments on the Civic Center and to ask a judge to order the parish to pay half of the center’s annual operating costs.

Myer told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1GuMW7z) he wants the court to give the city full control of the facility’s day-to-day operation.

Myer said he won’t file suit if the Police Jury on Tuesday adopts a new cooperative endeavor agreement, which outlines how the two sides will fund and manage the community center.

“We cannot continue to operate this public entity without a legitimate agreement,” Myer said. “We were both supposed to be paying money for the upkeep, but they decided to stop paying what their portion is.”

“If New Roads is funding it more than the parish, it’s not fair,” the mayor added.

Police Jury President Melanie Bueche said she is hopeful things will work themselves out and not require court involvement.

The Police Jury is set to discuss the matter at its meeting Tuesday.

“There is resolve coming,” she said. “We could probably throw stuff back at them, but I’m going to try and stay on the high road.”

An insurance payment of $18,000 is now due again.

The Police Jury is claiming the city owes the parish $6,742 in outstanding bills for trash service at the Civic Center.

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

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