A minor gas leak occurred Tuesday around noon on the South Service Road in front of Irrigation Mart. Officials reported that a mini excavator was digging when the bucket clipped the supply line. Ruston Fire Department Assistant Chief Skylar League said the call was made to block off the service road due to the dry weather conditions and the wind blowing the gas in the direction of the service road.
“It wouldn’t have taken but one small spark to ignite the gas,” he said.
The service road was blocked off for approximately two hours.
The Lincoln Parish Police Jury and the Public Works Committee met Tuesday night in a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss several agenda items.
The Public Works Committee took official action to amend the 2014 Capital Improvement Program concerning the Mitchell Road Bridge. LPPJ Administrator Courtney Hall said the committee plans to tear out the bridge and add two tank cars.
“They should start rolling in here pretty soon,” Hall said.
The deadline to sign up for Ruston’s new curbside recycling program has been extended until Tuesday.
Thus far, approximately 500 people have signed up for the program that begins Jan. 1. The $10-per-month service is available for all Ruston residents as well as parish residents who live within three miles of the Ruston city limits.
“People are super excited about recycling. They feel like it’s long overdue,” Kourtney Keim, Ruston’s communications director, said.
With the parish experiencing the most rain it has had in quite some time, it seemed fitting when some of Lincoln Parish’s leaders gathered to discuss hurricane-sheltering operations last Thursday at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
With representatives from the Police Jury, Ruston Police and Fire Departments, Ruston Animal Control, Northern Louisiana Medical Center and area churches and schools under the same roof, Lincoln Parish Homeland Security Director Kip Franklin went over the parish’s shelter operations for evacuees fleeing to the area from the coast in case of a hurricane-level evacuation.