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Police Jury discusses damaged roads in Delhi

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RICHLAND PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In Richland Parish, a standing room only police jury meeting ended Monday night with many questions and few answers.

The discussion turned heated between the public and the public officials over roads torn up by company Denbury Resources. The Oil and Gas company is paying Richland Parish for the roads they've damaged, but many of the roads haven't been fixed.

About thirty residents who live along the roads demanded answers at the meeting for when the roads will be fixed. The jury provided little answers.

Timmy Hutchinson, a resident along one of the damaged roads says driving along his road is like driving over a rail road track. Hutchinson says he is getting impatient with the slow moving Jury. "It'll be another month before they do anything and the bad weather is fixing' to set in. It sets in and they aren't going to do anything" said Hutchinson.

The Jury seemed in disagreement over how much money Denbury has paid the parish so far.  Police Juror Jesse Washington calls the situation "unreal."

"There's enough money to go in and repair the roads and we want to see the roads repaired, not see gravel on it" said Washington.

Parish Superintendent Joey Evans says Denbury is only covering the costs to fix "portions of the road" not the entire spans.

The board voted to pass a motion to evaluate the cost of the damages to fix the entire span of the torn up roads and contract out the work to speed up the process. The board passed a similar motion at the jury meeting last month.

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