Ordinance passed to regulate log trucks in Union Parish

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Dozens of Union Parish residents, and even a police juror, were left outraged after an ordinance was passed to regulate log trucks. 

“We know that this ordinance is not good for the industry,” said Michael Preaus, a forester from Union Parish.  “It’s not.”

Preaus has worked in the timber industry for decades and said the ordinance will discourage loggers from working in Union Parish. He argues this will impact the industry as a whole. 

“Not only will their product value go down, but their land value will also go down,” Preaus added.
 
The ordinance requires drivers to get free permits to work in Union Parish.
 
Officials said this will allow them to pinpoint who’s putting wear and tear on the roads. A requirement many surrounding parishes have had for years.
 

Jerry Taylor, President of the Union Parish Police Jury said “the permit system is really geared towards us watching who is moving heavy loads through our parish so we can monitor that.”

Jurors say it’ll help maintain roads in Union Parish– but opponents say the problem didn’t begin with logging trucks.

“I hate to say this but our parish roads haven’t been maintained in many, many years” said Nathan Futch a Union Parish Police Juror.

The ordinance is expected to go into effect this August.

 

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