LIVINGSTON - A routine traffic stop in March led to questions from the citizens of Watson.
According to parish councilman Garry 'Frog' Talbert (District 2), Watson citizens' questions stemmed from the inability to capture a suspect by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office near Premier Concrete, in Watson, on the 7th of March.
The man being pursued was in the United States illegally and had tried to evade officers by going inside the plant at night - where he was successful. The suspect had charges of murder against him from his home country of Honduras.
However, the Parish Sheriff's Office - in tandem with the United States Border Patrol - did arrest Wilson Gerardo Alvarado-Pacheco in May after learning he was in Springfield. They apprehended him without incident, and he is currently in custody of Border Patrol.
After being peppered with questions from residents over the weekend after March 7, Talbert said he went to the parish offices Tuesday the 12th for answers regarding where the man fled. The main question that had arisen was more of a rumor, centered around a building that was near Premier Concrete.
Premier Concrete is owned by Cary Goss and, according to records and an affidavit signed by Goss, the construction was a 'residential home' that was on his daughter's property.
The size and scope of the building, however, suggested another use Talbert said.
"To my knowledge, it's a dormitory (Goss) is building for his workers," Talbert said. "The deeper purpose, other than that it is in fact commercial in use, is irrelevant.
"My problem with it is it didn't go through the proper channels."
Talbert, who is chairman of the ordinance committee, referenced the appropriate studies including drainage impact, the fire marshal, and planning and zoning. According to Talbert, by signing the residential affidavit, Goss was able to skip much of that process.
"I also never found a building permit," Talbert said.
Talbert intends to seek a resolution from the full council to force Goss to go back through the commercial permitting process. The item is No. 15 on Thursday night's parish council agenda.
"This is acting like it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission," Talbert said, "And there's no room for that."
Talbert added that he had heard musings that his actions were politically motivated - a claim he denies.
"I didn't find out I had an opponent until May," Talbert explained, "and this started in March. This is about following the rules.
"This is about good government."
In an interview with WAFB Wednesday evening, Parish President Layton Ricks said that Goss' building and methods were 'perfectly legal.' If the building is determined to be residential, then the process and affidavit will clear the issue.
But, if it is established that the building is used for commercial purposes - to house workers for Premier Concrete - then, by parish ordinance, the building would require a traffic study, drainage impact study, fire marshal inspection, and parish permit.