Sorrento Council defers discussion on police car ordinance

Wade McIntyre

SORRENTO - During a brief meeting Tuesday, the Town Council declined discussion on a proposed police vehicle ordinance which would possibly change current policy that has allowed reserve officers to have cars and drive them home outside the town and parish.

Council members said they wanted to defer the vehicle ordinance to another meeting because councilwoman Troy Braud, who is working on the ordinance, was absent from the meeting Tuesday.

Town attorney Greg Lambert was also absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

In other matters, the council issued a senior citizen proclamation and declared Dec. 6 as the date for the town’s annual senior’s Christmas dinner.

Members also accepted the Nov. 7 resignation of police officer Matthew Mills, who left the force to work at Hunt Correctional Center.

Police Chief Earl Theriot said Mills left for “better pay and insurance,” but wanted to stay on with Sorrento Police as a reserve officer.

In an unrelated matter, the council approved the $4,800 purchase of a portable light plant Theriot said was needed in order to conduct DWI checkpoints at night.

The purchase is to be reimbursed by a grant from the Louisiana Commission on Highway Safety, Theriot said.

In her report to the council, Mayor Brenda Melancon said the Oakwood Estates Trailer Park had been purchased by Mike and Kathy Chunky, who also own several other trailer parks.

Melancon said town officials would need to meet with the new owners to advise them of town requirements regarding the repair of ongoing sewerage problems at the park.