The Concordia Parish Police Jury tabled action on the purchase of a knuckle boom/grapple truck and took care of a number of other matters during its regular meeting Monday night.
Jury Vice-President Adam Probst presided at the meeting in the absence of President Joe Parker.
Jury Secretary-Treasurer Sandi Burley said a cost analysis of the purchase of a knuckle boom/grapple truck revealed that fix costs would be $180,000 for the purchase of the truck.
Re-occurring costs, she said, would amount to $266,420.70, including:
-- $5,000, insurance (using average costs; fleet insurance pricing).
-- $4,464.42, liability (using solid waste Workman Compensation code averages to 5.4% of gross wages).
-- $126,696.28, salaries and benefits (fulltime staff of one operator at $14.62 per hour and two laborers at $12.75 each per hour).
-- $70,000, disposal (using 2020 costs)
-- $30,160, fuel (estimate of 200 miles per day, five days a week, .56 mileage rate).
-- $30,100, maintenance (estimating $2,500 per month for repairs/maintenance).
Burley said disposal of waste would have to be at a certified landfill unless the parish is under a state of emergency with a Department of Environmental Quality certified burn site.
“We can’t afford this,” juror Willie Yearby said.
Jurors agreed to table the matter for further study.
In other action, the Jury:
Appointed Vidalia Police Chief Joey Merrill to replace the late sheriff Kenneth Hedrick on the Concordia Communications District.
Ratified purchase orders and bank statement.
Approved occupational licenses for:
DSNP (print decals/monogramming), Alex Harrison, 105 Woodmount Road.
D&P Diesel (diesel mechanic shop), Donnie Dodge, 5348 Hwy. 84, Vidalia.
Reviewed work orders.