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Turkey Creek council approves paying police deficit

By: ELIZABETH
WEST
Managing Editor

The Turkey Creek Council spent its meeting on Tuesday addressing financial issues brewing within the village’s police department.
The Turkey Creek Police Department, which consist of an elected Chief of Police and one full-time police officer, currently finds itself facing a deficit and unable to support for the department’s operations.
The Council’s options to fix the issue were to either make cuts within the department or move $35,000 from the utility fund, which was suppose to be used to re-paint the village’s water tower, to the police department fund.
Following an executive session and against the advisment of Mayor Heather Cloud, the council made the decision to transfer the needed money over to the police department.
Moments before this decision was made, the council approved amending its budget for 2017-2018 to increase spending for the police department by $7,500 a year for police retirement Turkey Creek Officer Richard McMurray.
When McMurray addressed the council, he stated, “I asked around and the only retirement system we have here is through the Municipal Police Employee Retirement system.”
He went on to say, “It is mandatory for full time police officers, so I am just here looking for the go ahead from everybody to enroll into this retirement system.”
Some more positive information shared at the meeting involved a large donation of land that will be used to grow Drouet Park.
Cloud said, “After many conversations, Crowell Lumber Industries has decided to donate 15.79 acres to the village, which we will use to expand the park.”
During the meeting, the mayor expressed much gratitude to the lumber company for the sizable donation.
Cloud said, “We are so grateful to Crowell for their donation. One thing they said was that their roots run deep in this area. For that reason, they said this is not just for the Village of Turkey Creek but it is also for the surrounding communities to enjoy.”
Other items approved were:
• Enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with Evangeline Parish 911 Communication District to provide dispatch services.
• Resolution added for texting and driving that will impose a $200 fine on any person cited for texting while driving.

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