Several departmental budgets were under review Monday night as the Terrebonne Parish Council works to finalize its 2020 financial plan.
The council had no objections during the second round of hearings, which focused on budgets for the parish president, finance, legal services, planning and zoning, the Coroner’s Office, Emergency Preparedness, the juvenile detention center, and recreation.
Among some of the changes from the 2019 budget is the planned purchase of a new crematorium vault for pauper burials.
Planning and Zoning Director Chris Pulaski said the new vault will be placed at Halfway Cemetery and should have the capacity to last 10-20 years.
The council also had some discussion about its funding of an after-school program through the Terrebonne NAACP.
Members like Christa Duplantis-Prather and Gerald Michel said they wanted to ensure any parish-funded school programs are open to the whole parish.
A couple of unfilled positions are also being eliminated in a few departments: one accounting specialist II, one part-time administrative tech position in the emergency preparedness office, and one part-time cook at the juvenile detention center.
Spending was also approved for new playground equipment at Coteau and Presque Isle parks, both of which are operated by the parish, independently of a recreation district.
The IT Department also got approval to upgrade its computers, server and purchase some other new equipment.
CFO Kandace Mauldin said the department is also still working to improve the cameras in the council meeting room, approved in the 2019 budget.
Some residents have complained about the video and audio quality, Councilman Darrin Guidry said. He also requested the department have a staff member at the meetings to point the cameras at whomever is speaking so they are recorded onscreen accurately.
The parish’s TV station, TPTV, also has not been broadcast on Charter Cable for about a year now, Councilman Dirk Guidry said, asking the administration to look into the issue.
A copy of the 2020 budget summary can be found online at tpcg.org under Wednesday’s Council agenda.
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