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Mar 19, 2012 10:42 AM by AP

East Feliciana panel considers lower fine

CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury is considering a revision in its address-sign ordinance to lower the fine for not installing the required signs.

The Advocate reports the police jury is scheduled to vote on the ordinance Tuesday.

The ordinance, similar to others across the country, is designed to assist emergency responders, such as firefighters, paramedics and police, to locate residences where emergency 911 calls have originated.

The jury offers the signs and poles for $15 each.

Jurors said last month, however, they were bombarded with complaints after the parish's emergency communications district mailed brochures to parish residents reminding them that they face fines for noncompliance after April 1.

The ordinance now sets penalties of a $100 fine, 30 days in jail or both.

"Each day the violation continues shall be considered a separate violation," the brochure says.

Parish Manager Judith Kelly said the jury is considering reducing the penalty to a one-time $50 fine.

Several people criticized jurors during their Feb. 21 meeting about the brochure and the threat of penalties, and juror Louis Kent said he had "been getting beat up about it."

"There's no way we can put 9,000 people in jail," Kent said during the meeting.

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