St. Landry

Oct 3, 2011 11:24 PM by Shawn Kline

Trail Ride decision back to square-one

The current ordinance in St. Landry Parish allows for up to one-thousand riders, but over the summer that was reduced to 500. It was a decision made by parish council but later vetoed by Parish President Don Menard

In the meantime, council gave Sheriff Bobby Guidroz complete control over the issue. However, the sheriff says that's "not a job" they can give him.
Now, St. Landry Parish Council is back to square-one.

"Change the numbers to a thousand." Sheriff Guidroz says, "I don't oppose that, but I think it's a great ordinance."

Sheriff Guidroz now asking council to change some numbers; Parish President Menard vetoed the last proposal because it capped trail-rides at just 500 riders, the number originally supported by Guidroz. Now, Guidroz says he can work with 1,000 riders.
The sheriff's suggestion was just the latest development in a flip-flopping debate among council members.

"Mr. Menard, who once again is absent from our meetings because apparently parish government means nothing to him at this point," Councilmember Pam Gautreaux said of the veto. "He vetoed that ordinance, we stood behind it, we tried to override that veto- it failed."

"I would like to see this council stand for something!" Chairman Jerry Red says, "not switching to whatever side that somebody comes in with."

Council now seems to be making that stand by re-writing the ordinance Menard vetoed- a compromise. Councilmembers now plan on changing the number of riders to 1,000.

Parish President Menard says that would pass.

Council, obviously frustrated by these events, have seesawed on the issue for the past three-years. Now, they're looking to finally come to a resolution by the end of this year.



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