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Jan 15, 2013 8:18 AM by AP

Bishop elected president of Rapides Police Jury

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Getting a $23 million project at the Rapides Coliseum off the ground is among the top priorities in 2013 for new Rapides Parish Police Jury President Joe Bishop.

Bishop, who represents District B, was elected without opposition to the post at the jury's monthly meeting Monday.

Bishop said he was "surprised and pleased" parish voters approved a $23 million bond issue in November to renovate and upgrade the coliseum. In addition to a property tax backing the bonds, voters approved a tax for maintenance and operations at the coliseum over 20 years.

The jury authorized signing an architect and engineers contract with local firm Barron, Heinberg and Brocato Monday for work on the project.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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