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Mar 13, 2013 8:31 AM by AP

Pointe Coupee jury votes on drainage fee

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has voted to impose a $2.50 drainage and maintenance fee on parish residents, but whether it actually passed won't be clear until the jury's next meeting.

That's because the jury's attorney, John Wayne Jewell, said he will have to consult with another lawyer to determine if parish-wide ordinances require the vote of a seven-member majority of the 12-member Police Jury for ratification.

The jury voted 6-4 Tuesday night, with two members absent, in favor of the drainage fee.

The drainage fee ordinance was formally introduced to the jury at its Dec. 11 meeting and a public hearing was held Jan. 8. After the fee proposal received a lukewarm reception from a majority of jurors in January, it was tabled.

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

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