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Aug 21, 2012 9:39 AM by AP

West Feliciana Police Jury hires abstractor

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury has voted to hire an abstractor to determine if the public has a claim to property in the old town of Bayou Sara that the family of jury President Ricky Lambert says it owns.

The Advocate reports the question of ownership arose after the state gave the parish the road that led to the former ferry landing.

The family of the late Paul Lambert Sr. claims ownership of much of the property flanking the road and ferry landing. Ricky Lambert, who is the son of Paul Lambert Sr., abstained from voting on several items pertaining to the property and let Vice President Otis Wilson chair the meeting during the discussion.

On Monday, jurors set a $5,000 limit on the abstractor's work.

Juror Mel Percy said the abstractor's research should give the jurors an idea whether it should pursue any claims on the land.

Lambert attorney Leonard Kilgore III said the family is doing its own abstract, but said "it is clear the Lambert family has clear title to the property on either side of the road."

Kilgore also said most of the former town of Bayou Sara was expropriated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a plant that casts concrete mats for levee protection.

The jury tabled a move to hire a surveyor to survey the property in question and prepare a plat, after District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla suggested jurors wait until they hear from the abstractor.

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