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NEW ROADS- Leaders in Pointe Coupee Parish lost their cool with each other and even with their significant others.

What started out as a discussion about a part time employee's work schedule quickly escalated. It turned into a yelling match and caused quite a disruption of parish business.

The jury meeting started with a lesson from jury president, Melanie Bueche, on meeting procedure, and a book called "Robert's Rule of Order For Dummies."

"The first lesson you need to learn about the minutes was they should include what was done in meeting and not necessarily what was said," Pointe Coupee Parish Police Juror president, Melanie Bueche.

Juror Clifford Nelson wanted to change a word in notes from the January 22nd meeting regarding a part time worker whose position was supposed to be terminated almost three years ago.

"They're just making a big issue. I don't think the young lady, she's a good worker. I don't know why they're blowing this out of proportion. They shouldn't be," Nelson said.

The job was supposed to only be for the summer, from May 2010 until August 2010. But the worker was allowed to stay on and no one is sure who approved that.

"Right now we're in a deficit right around $600,000 dollars. We need to make some short falls and there's no way we can do that when we have people on the payroll who are not authorized to do that," said Pointe Coupee Parish Police Juror, Justin Cox.

He wants the State Attorney General's office to investigate the matter.

"We just want to make it a better place for everybody to live the only way we can do that is if we focus on that and not these illegal shenanigans that's going on with the jury right now," said Cox.

Jurors tried to discuss the item at Tuesday night's meeting, but instead of discussing it, it became a big argument between jurors.

Even jurors' spouses got involved.

Hours later the bickering continued but few decisions were made.

"It's a little headache right now to take care of this but in the long run it's going to serve Pointe Coupee right. People will think twice before they want to run their own employment agency or give these political favors out," said Cox.

The jurors voted to discus the item at a special called personnel committee meeting next month.



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