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How does In-home Senior Care in Jamestown, LA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Jamestown, LA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Jamestown, LA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Jamestown,LA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Jamestown company that harvests raw forest materials receives $1.9 million state grant

American Wood Fibers, a Jamestown subsidiary of a national business focused on harvesting raw forest materials such as logs, slash, and sawdust, has been awarded a nearly $1.9 million Cal Fire grant to help purchase technology to process and convert burned and diseased logs into animal bedding products, the state agency announced this week.The business has 11 locations in 10 states, including Jamestown and Marysville in California, and it’s headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.The American Wood Fibers grant-funded project ...

American Wood Fibers, a Jamestown subsidiary of a national business focused on harvesting raw forest materials such as logs, slash, and sawdust, has been awarded a nearly $1.9 million Cal Fire grant to help purchase technology to process and convert burned and diseased logs into animal bedding products, the state agency announced this week.

The business has 11 locations in 10 states, including Jamestown and Marysville in California, and it’s headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.

The American Wood Fibers grant-funded project is intended to increase shaving capacity at its Jamestown location on La Grange Road by installing an additional shaver, with new technology prototyped and approved at its Kentucky and Wisconsin wood fiber processing facilities, according to Cal Fire.

American Wood Fiber representatives in Jamestown could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.

The new technology is intended to increase efficiency and throughput capacity while reducing maintenance costs, and it’s expected to boost Jamestown’s overall production output by 40%. The new system will be able to better process burned and/or diseased timber, which comprises more than 95% of the facility’s raw material intake.

The project will help reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health by sourcing an additional 16,000 tons of logs annually, and by creating capacity to supply finished materials to American Wood Fibers’ Marysville operation.

The funding assistance for American Wood Fibers was announced this week among a group of 14 grants totaling $16 million, distributed to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and manufacturing facilities across California. The grants are being offered by Cal Fire’s Wood Products and Bioenergy Team to support the state’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan.

According to Cal Fire, the grants are intended to expand workforces and businesses involved in creating healthy, resilient forests up and down the 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Golden State.

Cal Fire's Wood Products and Bioenergy team is set up to maintain and enhance the state’s forest-sector workforce and businesses, to promote healthy, resilient forests throughout the state, and to support diverse business and workforce development projects, the agency said.

American Wood Fibers of Jamestown is currently hiring a raw materials buyer, to be responsible for procuring logs, sawdust, wood shavings, firewood, and certain paper products, as well as managing schedules and delivery, communicating lead times to plants, selling off excess material when necessary, and managing a raw materials database.

Critical activities of the job include identifying suppliers, and negotiating and procuring materials to obtain optimum quality, cost, and terms. For more information, go to www.awf.com/career/raw-materials-buyer-jamestown-ca/.

5th annual Lake Jam at Spiritwood Resort to feature 4 bands

SPIRITWOOD LAKE, N.D. – Spiritwood Resort has announced that its 5th annual Lake Jam will kick off at 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, and run through Saturday, June 24. The event will feature headliners Zep-LA (Friday) and Bohemian Queen: The World’s Most Passionate Queen Tribute (Saturday), as well as food, beverages, swimming, games and more for the whole family.Opening the show on Friday is Minneapolis’ female-fronted party band Kitty and the Entourage. Known for their high-energy stage performances and rockin’ soun...

SPIRITWOOD LAKE, N.D. – Spiritwood Resort has announced that its 5th annual Lake Jam will kick off at 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, and run through Saturday, June 24. The event will feature headliners Zep-LA (Friday) and Bohemian Queen: The World’s Most Passionate Queen Tribute (Saturday), as well as food, beverages, swimming, games and more for the whole family.

Opening the show on Friday is Minneapolis’ female-fronted party band Kitty and the Entourage. Known for their high-energy stage performances and rockin’ sound, the band plays all of the hits — ranging from classic and alternative rock to the songs of today — to get the crowd ready for the night’s main event, Zep-LA.

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Zep-LA hails from Los Angeles and has received critical acclaim for authentically recreating Led Zeppelin’s catalogue with each vocal, drum line and guitar riff that passes across their stage.

Bohemian Queen, which shares the same line-up as Zep-LA, will take the stage as the grand finale on Saturday night following a set by newcomers DJ and the Atomics. This group of musicians came together during the pandemic to spread its love for classic rock and are taking inspiration from legends such as Van Halen and Blondie.

Bohemian Queen, often hailed as “The World’s Most Passionate Queen Tribute,” features costuming that pays homage to Freddie Mercury’s legendary style, audience engagement and sound.

“We can’t wait to bring our electrifying shows to Lake Jam,” said Paulie Z, vocalist for Zep-LA and Bohemian Queen. “This festival has been (on) our radar for years and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform and enjoy the beautiful Spiritwood Resort.”

Along with a weekend of performances, Lake Jam will be filled with special activities set up just for the event like cornhole and axe throwing. Attendees will be welcome to enjoy the resort’s amenities, including the swimming and beach area, playground, basketball and volleyball courts, fishing pier and indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant.

For those looking to camp or travel via boat, Spiritwood Resort has a public boat dock and will provide RV hookups and camping sites.

“We are so excited to celebrate our fifth anniversary of Lake Jam and are thrilled that we have these amazing artists to help ensure that we have the biggest and best festival yet,” said Eric Nordstrom, general manager, Spiritwood Resort. “We encourage everyone to get their tickets early this year because they will go fast!”

Tickets are between $40-$60 and include a special weekend pass for $60 that includes both nights. Tickets are available now at https://bit.ly/41YMzUT

For more information about the Spiritwood Resort’s 5th Annual Lake Jam, visit https://www.spiritwoodresort.com/events.

La Loteria opens on Jamestown's Main Street

Jorge Ruiz and his wife Martha feel like they’ve won the lottery.The couple recently opened up La Loteria, which in Spanish means lottery, in Jamestown, right on Main Street. It’s been Jorge’s dream to open a restaurant for more than 20 years and prior to now, his food experience has been at McDonalds, Taco Bell and Sysco Food Services, where he worked for more than 30 years before his dream came true.Before buying the building they’re operating out of now, the Ruiz’ were thinking about a taco truc...

Jorge Ruiz and his wife Martha feel like they’ve won the lottery.

The couple recently opened up La Loteria, which in Spanish means lottery, in Jamestown, right on Main Street. It’s been Jorge’s dream to open a restaurant for more than 20 years and prior to now, his food experience has been at McDonalds, Taco Bell and Sysco Food Services, where he worked for more than 30 years before his dream came true.

Before buying the building they’re operating out of now, the Ruiz’ were thinking about a taco truck or a mobile food service. The family lives on the southwest side of Indianapolis and would regularly drive through Jamestown on their way to Turkey Run State Park. Many times during their drives, Martha slipped in how she liked Jamestown and the feel of the community to Jorge. The family stopped at the Dollar General store a few times and had been through the town a lot, but she never thought they would be owning a restaurant there.

“As soon as we saw this building for sale, we knew it was time,” Martha said. “... It was meant to be.”

The building they’re in used to be a Pizza King, so almost everything in the restaurant was already in place when they took over. After a few kitchen modifications, they were ready to open, but then they hit a minor roadblock. The previous owners had a large propane tank in the back of the restaurant, and it was never communicated that the Ruiz family would still be needing that, so the propane company took back their tank, which caused their water pipes to freeze and burst, flooding almost the entire restaurant. Jorge said they almost threw in the towel. Their forced-renovations were also not covered by insurance.

“It’s been a struggle,” Martha said. “We had a lot of rocks during our journey. It’s been hard but I think we’re blessed and we’re so lucky and grateful that we found this building and we can start something.”

Martha said they’ve had a lot of support from members of the Jamestown community who were excited at the prospect of a restaurant coming to town. And the restaurant reviews so far have been great.

“I’m glad we’re open now,” Martha said. “I don’t have any experience, [Jorge] doesn’t have any experience. It was hard the first day. We had three cooks and one didn’t show up. We didn’t know what to do since it’s our first one. A lot of people understand that though.”

Jorge knows he won’t get rich owning a restaurant, and he doesn’t care. He wants to be able to leave his children with something.

La Loteria’s menu is basic, for now, Martha said. They wanted to have menu items that were simple and that people would know — like tacos, burritos and nachos.

For more information about La Loteria, visit the website at ruizfamilyrestaurant.business.site. La Loteria is at34 E. Main St., Jamestown. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Hop on the Polar Express train on a weekend trip to Jamestown, Calif.

Jamestown might be 325 miles north of Los Angeles in the Sierra foothills, but this historic Gold Rush town still has a Hollywood connection. Dozens of movies and TV shows have been filmed at Jamestown’s Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, which offers rides aboard a vintage steam train along with a glimpse of one of the last working roundhouses in the country. Jamestown even has its own “Walk of Fame” highlighting the movies and shows filmed here (they in...

Jamestown might be 325 miles north of Los Angeles in the Sierra foothills, but this historic Gold Rush town still has a Hollywood connection. Dozens of movies and TV shows have been filmed at Jamestown’s Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, which offers rides aboard a vintage steam train along with a glimpse of one of the last working roundhouses in the country. Jamestown even has its own “Walk of Fame” highlighting the movies and shows filmed here (they include such classics as “Little House on the Prairie,” “Back to the Future III” and “Unforgiven”). The tab: A night at the National Hotel costs $140-$160, plus tax; lunch for my family of four with appetizers and drinks at the Service Station was about $90, plus tip; and coach tickets on Railtown’s Polar Express cost $50 per person.

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Jamestown’s charming Main Street, just off California 108, is lined with hotels, restaurants, antique shops, wine-tasting rooms and a cigar lounge. The National Hotel’s balcony, which displays miniature flags from countries around the world, overlooks Main Street. The hotel has nine rooms, most featuring brass beds with pillow-top mattresses and private bathrooms with pull-chain toilets. The hotel offers indoor and courtyard dining along with a historic saloon where you can sip a Gold Rush Margarita.

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Guests at the National Hotel are served a buffet breakfast with quiche, sourdough French toast, homemade granola and more. For lunch or dinner, head a short distance on Main Street to the Service Station. The restaurant has a beautiful old bar inside and a relaxing lounge out back. Our meal started with mimosas and fun appetizers that included soft pretzels with beer cheese and stone-ground mustard dips. I enjoyed my grilled chicken sandwich with garlic pesto aioli and sun-dried tomato spread with cheese, bacon, tomato and arugula served with a side of onion rings. After our meal, we got some exercise by strolling the Walk of Fame from Main Street to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.

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Railtown hosts weekend train rides from April to October as well as special events throughout the year. The park’s festive Polar Express train rides, based on the book and movie of the same name, will be Friday and Saturday Nov. 29 and 30 and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 (except Dec. 1). Passengers are encouraged to wear their pajamas on the hourlong, evening train rides. My family and I rode the Polar Express a few years ago when our kids were 1 and 10 years old. We didn’t dress in our pj’s, but we quickly got in the spirit. It’s difficult not to as dancing waiters serve hot cocoa and cookies as you head to see Santa at the “North Pole.” Once there, Santa boards the train and hands each passenger a sleigh bell.

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Tickets for the Polar Express train rides went on sale Oct. 11 and often sell out. For those who can’t face Christmas just yet, there’s Railtown’s Harvest Haunt Express. Passengers are encouraged to dress up as pirates and princesses on Oct. 19 and 20 and as witches and wizards on Oct. 26 and 27.

National Hotel, 18183 Main St., Jamestown; (800) 894-3446, national-hotel.com. Not wheelchair accessible. (rooms are upstairs).

Service Station 18242 Main St., Jamestown; (209) 782-5122, jamestownservicestation.com. Wheelchair accessible.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, 10501 Reservoir Road, Jamestown; (209) 984-3953, railtown1897.org. The Polar Express hotline is (209) 984-3407. Railtown staff, with notice, can accommodate most wheelchairs on train rides and tours.

Jamestown Crossing lawsuit: Ascension Parish commission violated development law

GONZALES — A homeowners association and three Ascension Parish residents known collectively as Concerned Citizens of Prairieville have asked a state district judge to halt the final step necessary to approve the 172-home Jamestown Crossing subdivision.In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs accuse the Ascension Parish Planning Commission of violating a parish prohibition on building new subdivisions that empty onto roads narrower than 18 feet wide when commissioners approved the Prairieville-area subdivision May 9 amid str...

GONZALES — A homeowners association and three Ascension Parish residents known collectively as Concerned Citizens of Prairieville have asked a state district judge to halt the final step necessary to approve the 172-home Jamestown Crossing subdivision.

In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs accuse the Ascension Parish Planning Commission of violating a parish prohibition on building new subdivisions that empty onto roads narrower than 18 feet wide when commissioners approved the Prairieville-area subdivision May 9 amid strong neighborhood opposition.

A slender 4-3 majority on the seven-member Planning Commission backed the neighborhood that would be split in half by La. 930, a narrow state highway that residents at the time complained doesn't have enough width for vehicles to easily pass one another.

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One of the project’s two phases would empty directly onto La. 930, just south of La. 42. The other phase would have its entrance on nearby Parker Road, which is around the corner from La. 930, but the plaintiffs contend the exit would still result in heavy use of La. 930.

The plaintiffs want the court to block the commission from approving its minutes when it meets on June 13, a legal formality that would clear the way for the subdivision to move forward.

Filed late Tuesday afternoon in 23rd Judicial District Court, the suit also launches another salvo in Ascension's battle over growth and infrastructure, even as parish consultants held public hearings this week to revise the parish's comprehensive land use plan, essentially an outline about how the parish should grow over the next few decades.

Since 2009, Ascension was the third-fastest growing parish in Louisiana, adding nearly 18,000 people, and the fastest growing outside the New Orleans area, census estimates show. Projections shared by the master plan consultants this week suggest the parish could add 65,000 more people and 25,000 new houses over the next 25 years.

Jamestown Crossing is one of several new housing developments earmarked for a section of Prairieville where other new neighborhoods have run into strong opposition in recent years but also where La. 42, a key east-west corridor, is being widened by the state.

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Even before the lawsuit, the subdivision already contributed to some political turmoil in Ascension. Jamestown Crossing would be built on land owned by Parish Councilwoman Teri Casso and her family members, including former parish official Beth James.

Casso has said she has stayed out of the subdivision review and approval to avoid any ethics conflict and let family members decide what to do with their collectively inherited property, farm and pasture land just south of La. 42.

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But when Councilman Daniel "Doc" Satterlee shared a video from a website intimating wrongdoing in the project, Casso and fellow Councilman Aaron Lawler, both of whom have sparred with Satterlee over other matters, resigned from his Strategic Planning Committee last month. Casso accused Satterlee of "cyber bullying" by sharing the video.

Satterlee, chairman of the committee, has defended sharing the video on his Facebook page and said he was "a bit offended" by the mischaracterization of what he did. He said he will move forward with his committee.

At the same time, Commissioner Wade Schexnaydre said Tuesday the suit could finally bring to a head an ongoing philosophical dispute about the commission’s power to block projects over concerns about insufficient infrastructure.

While other projects in the same area as Jamestown Crossing have initially been denied by the commission — though they were later approved through internal parish appeals — those denials focused on insufficiencies some commissioners saw in those projects’ drainage and traffic impact analyses.

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In the case of Jamestown Crossing, the plaintiffs allege the commission violated parish ordinance.

"My stance is that it is unfortunate that a suit had to be filed, but the fortunate aspect is we are going to find out what” our traffic and drainage rules really are, what the commission’s power actually is and “where we stand,” Schexnaydre said Tuesday.

Schexnaydre, who said he was not critiquing his fellow commissioners’ decision to back the subdivision and who had opposed Jamestown Crossing last month, was not named in the suit.

Before approval last month, parish engineers measured the width of La. 930 and found it averaged 17.3 feet around Jamestown Crossing, well below the 18-foot-wide threshold in the parish ordinance.

In some places, the state highway is less than 17 feet wide. In others, the state highway is slightly wider than 18 feet, parish officials told commissioners in the May 9 hearing.

A central thrust of the argument from the plaintiffs is that big new subdivisions on substandard roads are all too common in Ascension and so aren't the special circumstance that would serve as the necessary grounds for the variance the commission granted to allow Jamestown Crossing.

"Granting of a variance must show unique circumstances," the lawsuit says. "Plaintiffs submit that a subdivision exiting onto a substandard road in Ascension Parish is not a unique circumstance that warrants granting of a variance."

That claim also turns on its head the argument last month of Commission Chairman Matt Pryor, who supported the variance for Jamestown Crossing. He argued the parish has approved other subdivisions on La. 930 in the past and so, by precedent, they were bound to approve Jamestown Crossing or risk a lawsuit from the developer.

But, in supporting the variance, the commission majority also directed the developer to widen narrow sections of La. 930 to 18 feet.

The suit names as defendants the Planning Commission collectively and, individually, the four volunteer commissioners in the majority, Pryor, Julio Dumas, Morrie Bishop and Ken Firmin. The suit also names as a defendant Councilman Bill Dawson, the Parish Council chairman.

The plaintiffs are the Quail Creek Homeowners Association, and parish residents Caroline Watson, Kimberly Christy and Jeff Pettit.

Kyle Gautreau, a parish government spokesman, declined to comment on pending litigation.

Ross Bruce, one of the principals in Dantin Bruce Development, the developer of Jamestown Crossing, also declined to comment Tuesday, saying he had not yet see the lawsuit. The developer has not been named in the lawsuit.

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