UPDATED: Pointe Coupee, New Roads disagree over civic center

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The story has been updated to reflect new information from Police Jury President Melanie Bueche.

The William Scott Civic Center in New Roads has seen its share of problems like nasty bathrooms and mold on the floors. Those were fixed. But now, there is a disagreement between the City of New Roads and the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury over who is going to run the center.

"In a family you have disagreements and obviously we have a disagreement," said New Roads Mayor Robert Meyer.

Until last year, the parish police jury owned and operated the civic center.  Then they and New Roads made an agreement to co-own and manage it.  Meyer says the police jury is now trying to change the agreement and go back to being the sole owner-operator.

"It has never been as clean before, it has never been as rented before, and under years mismanagement by the police jury and now it's being managed correctly now," said Meyer.

But, Police Jury President Melanie Bueche denies those claims from the Mayor.

"The police jury put up $10,000 when we entered into the contract; to help get things painted and to change out things that maybe rusty and worn out," said Bueche.

Bueche says there is miss communication between the mayor and police jury. She says the parish isn't trying to take back the civic center. But they do want to take parish sales tax the city gets from the center and put it elsewhere.

"We actually need to provide this money to our recreation department. This is where our children are involved and we want it to be sure they have the funds that they need," said Bueche.

The issue promises to come front and center at a meeting in September.

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