Last Modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:30 PM
DERIDDER — In an effort to promote tourism and recreation and improve regulation at Bundick Lake, Beauregard Parish police jurors are reviewing lake-related ordinances.
The ordinances now on the books were established in the 1960s by a since-abolished lake commission, said Police Juror Llewellyn “Biscuit” Smith.
The Police Jury’s legislative committee began looking at the ordinances last week after some residents complained that boaters were creating substantial wakes near the shoreline.
The legislative committee on Tuesday asked the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office to add signs to remind boaters about the no-wake zone. The committee had considered creating a new ordinance to prevent boaters from damaging the shore.
“If it’s not going to hurt anything and it will help people’s feelings, why not put (the signs) up?” said committee head Gerald McLeod.
According to Dale Sharp with the Sheriff’s Office, the current ordinance prohibits wakes within 100 feet of shore and should suffice.
He said the Sheriff’s Office will enforce any law the panel passes.
State law already bars boaters from creating a wake within 300 feet of shore. Sharp said the Sheriff’s Office can cite those who are careless while operating a vessel and can jail those who drive a boat while impaired.
Last year the parish installed a pier and cleared tree stumps that had caused some boaters to shy away from the lake.
Police Juror Ronnie Libick said the parish has installed temporary lane markers and is waiting for the water to rise before putting in permanent ones.
The committee also considered doing away with an ordinance that prohibits vendors on the lake.
Secretary-Treasurer Tayra DeHoven said a family donated part of a landing at the lake with the understanding that the parish would prohibit business enterprises on the lake.
No vote was taken in relation to Bundick Lake. The panel also voted to place a special tax renewal on the May 3 ballot for the Ragley-area fire district.
The 10-year, 6.81-mill tax in District 2 would generate about $374,500 a year.
If the tax is approved, the parish would begin collecting it in 2015.
The money would be used to improve fire protection facilities and cover water costs, including hydrant rentals and service.