& the Jackson Parish Justice of the Peace Court, District 'D'
I am proud to have served my community in one capacity or another since my first election in 2006, and taking my first office in 2007.
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About Justice Womack
My name is David D. Womack and I have enjoyed serving my community in one way or the other since 2006. I have been a resident of North Hodge for thirty four years of my life. I grew up here and now my family are growing up here. My wife Chasity and I care about the well being of this community and as an Alderman, she brings a new point of view to the table.
Background: I graduated from Quitman High School in the year 2000. I have been involved in Future Business Leaders of America and elected by my peers to serve a term as treasurer of the FFA. I have a very good workable knowledge of computers and programming.
I have been married Chasity (Davis) Womack in 2001. We have two sons.
I am employed as a well site analyst (commonly known as mud logging) and have been since 2000. Mud logging is an oil field evaluation and monitoring job in which we monitor gas and cuttings coming from the ground during drilling.
In September 2006, thanks to you coming out strong for me, I was elected to serve you as Alderman, Village of North Hodge.(See Accomplishments while serving the Village of North Hodge below)
In January 2007, at the first official meeting I was chosen by my peers to serve you as Mayor Pro-Tempore. I served in that capacity for three years and three months combined during my four year term. During my term as Mayor Pro-Tempore, I was called upon to fill in for the Mayor in her absence many times, including presiding over Mayor's Traffic Court.
When my term was over in January 2011, the Mayor appointed me as Street Commissioner for the Village of North Hodge.
In October of 2011, the Louisiana State Supreme Court appointed me to serve as Justice of the Peace, Jackson Parish, District 'D' in the vacancy created after Honorable Justice of the Peace, Judge Magee passed away. I sat in that position until the April 16, 2012, when the position was filled by a special election.
During my time out of office, we seen a need in the comunity to assist former convicts that were repentful and wanted to start a new productive life. We established low income housing for them, got them involved in church, and helped with job placement. We also became involved in children's ministry as well as prison ministry.
In August of 2014 I was elected to serve a six year term as Justice of the Peace, Jackson Parish, District 'D'.
In early 2015, I was appointed by the Board of Alderman in the Village of North Hodge to a non compensated, advisory position, based on my municipal knowledge.
In March of 2015 the Louisiana State Supreme Court appointed me to serve as Justice of the Peace, Jackson Parish, District 'A' in the vacancy created after the previous Justice opted not to run again. I served in that capacity until I swore in my successor to that district in November of 2015.
In March of 2016, the Louisiana State Supreme Court, again, appointed me to serve as Justice of the Peace, Jackson Parish, District 'A' in the vacancy created when the previous Justice resigned.
I am proud to have served my community in one capacity or another since 2006.
Too often in politics, large and small, I feel your representation or voice gets lost. Since we can not all go to every town hall meeting, we have to elect three representatives to go to speak for us. I feel that these three alderman hand picked by the people should represent what you want, not a personal agenda. I feel one of the greatest freedoms we have is to vote and I truly believe your vote is your voice.
-David D. Womack
Justice of the Peace, Judge David D. Womack presides over Small Claims Court every Thursday at 5185 Quitman Hwy, North Hodge, LA, 71247 @ 3:00 pm.
(Across from North Hodge Village Hall)
Mailing Address of the Court: 136 West 2nd Street, Quitman, LA 71268
This is a list of my key campaign promises that I made in 2006 and the action I took about them.
Promise #1: Drainage problems
I supported and submitted a plan to clean all of our ditches out to get better flow. I have also recommended that we dig out the ditches down our right-of-ways to prevent damage to the new road from washing water. No action was been taken on this by the Village.
Promise #2:Road repair
In 2008 we had a chance to apply for a large state grant. Myself, as well as the rest of the board recommended, supported and voted that we should apply to repair our neighborhood streets. It was voted on and passed. We were able to get the grant to repair several streets including Cedar, Line Ave, Idaho, Ohio, 2nd, and Bellwood Drive. Construction was completed in late 2009.
I supported and voted to purchase multiple new street signs such as newer, more visible, stop signs and children-at-play signs. I have recommended and supported that we follow all ordinances on the books. Also, see Police Department equipment improvements
Promise #4:Unmaintained property owned by people outside of North Hodge
I supported, seconded and voted to pass a new condemnation ordinance to correct the problem of dilapidated & abandoned structures in North Hodge. We have had several properties torn down and cleaned up as a result of this. These include properties on hwy 167, 4th st, maxwell dr, Arcadia hwy. This is an ongoing process. I strongly support repairing or destroying dilapidated structures. I believe this to the point where I purchased one myself from an elderly person that was unable to maintain the property himself. The property had been a safe haven for criminal activities. I have rehabilitated the property and sold it to a new resident of North Hodge.
Promise #5:Police Department equipment improvements
I understand the importance of our police department and how relevant they are to the neighborhood. Since taking office I have supported them in almost every recommended purchase that they needed. When the police department needed a new car, I wrote an ordinance, on Mr. Hall's suggestion, that took 50% of ticket revenue from the town to place in a savings account for a brand new police car. In late 2008, Congressman Rodney Alexander secured $15,000 for a new police car purchase for North Hodge. The money that we had acquired in the savings account helped make up for the difference in money from the grant and the actual price of a new police car and equipment.
Promise #6:Fire Department equipment improvements
I supported and voted to repair or replace all dilapidated fire hydrants. In 2007, while the Mayor was absent and I was serving as Mayor, I purchased paint and brushes for the fire hydrants. I constructed a deal with the fire department for the town to purchase the material and department to paint the fire hydrants. Having fresh paint on these hydrants makes them more visible and helps keep our fire protection fees from rising. In 2008 we got a report stating that all hydrants have been repaired and are in working order. I have also worked and pushed for a monthly maintenance schedule to oil and maintain the fire hydrants. Every time I served in the Mayor's place, I had this done to prevent damage to the hydrants.
Promise #7:Sewage pond repair
When I first took office the sewer pond was in desperate need of repair. I supported the Mayor in seeking a grant to correct this problem. In 2007 we received a grant and it was repaired.
Promise #8:Work on attracting quality business to the community to increase tax revenue for the town, without inconveniencing our townspeople.
I have always supported business coming to North Hodge. We have relaxed zoning rules and commercial water discounts to offer, as well as property along hwy 167. In 2008 with a somewhat heavy heart, I voted in favor to allow a state regulated Louisiana Charitable Bingo Hall into North Hodge. This Charitable Bingo Hall had agreed to pay a $10,000 monthly tax to the Village of North Hodge. The money would have went towards important necessities such as improving the water you drink, roads & sewer. We held a public hearing on this matter to get input from the public. During the debate I only received 2 negative complaints from our citizens that were not resolved. I voted for because I knew the town could desperately use the money, however on Dec 29,2009, Mr. Hall made the motion, Mrs. Fitzpatrick seconded to delete part B of Section 1 and to change Section 11 of the Bingo Ordinance to read that the Village of North Hodge will be paid 1.5% of the Coin-in per month in the form of a tax, instead of the $10,000 a month that was previously promised. This brings the figure to around $1400.00 a month for the Village. The hall opened in February of 2010.
I worked hard on plans to try and attract recession proof and/or manufacturing businesses into North Hodge. I contacted business owners and even assisted in putting them in touch with local property owners.
Promise #9:The problems of the citizens of our community
I spent a large amount of my personal time meeting with our citizens about their problems and getting to know them and their needs. Here are a few facts about my record while I was in office:
In 2009 we had a chance to apply for a large state grant. Myself, as well as the rest of the board recommended, supported and voted that we should apply for a sewer rehabilitation grant. It was voted on and passed. We were notified in early August 2010 that we were approved for the grant.
I attended all the local grand openings that I was invited to attend.
I attended many networking meetings where I met with Mayors, Alderman, Senators and Representatives to talk with about our problems and where to get help.
I spent a great deal of time studying LA law where it applies to our municipality.
I supported and voted unsuccessfully to lower our $250.00 water deposit at least 5 times. In early 2007, late 2007, 2008, early 2009, and mid-late 2009. In November of 2009 I made the motion to adopt a lower water deposit and this was approved by the council and Mayor.
I supported and voted to set guidelines for citizens to speak before the public comment time, so we could hear their opinion before we voted on matters important to them.
I supported new practices in reading water meters that resulted in less errors.
I supported and voted to end the long term lawsuit with Grand Cane plumbing that the statute of limitations had run out on. This enabled us to move on and focus on repairing the damage on our roads that they caused.
I supported and voted for us to apply for a grant to restore the older town hall and purchase new furniture and computers. New computers allowed us to take full advantage of help and state benefits with easy access to the Internet.
I went out and physically helped load junk appliances for people after several streets were left off the parish wide clean up sponsored by the national guard.
I have personally, in my spare time, helped out our maintenance department in the summer time during peak grass and weed seasons by weed-eating and removing brush.
I supported, and voted for an ordinance that regulates mileage reimbursements and also calls to keep a mileage log of all miles traveled for, and reimbursed by the Village of North Hodge.
I recommended, supported, and voted for a comprehensive non-mandatory garbage collection program that would have been offered to citizens for $12.00-$15.00 per month. This measure did not pass.
I recommended, supported and secured equipment for a park for the citizens of North Hodge. The town was asked to acquire the land for the park to be placed. No resolution to buy land was ever passed.
I supported that we start mosquito treatments from Clark mosquito control. The whole town could have been treated for less than $2500.00 a year. This measure did not pass.
I supported that the bridge on Line Ave be checked out by and engineer. The engineer recommended that the bridge be closed and a few months later, parts of the underside started to collapse.
I supported and voted for workers benefits for our maintenance department to help ensure a quality department.
I supported and voted for an ordinance that asks property owners to maintain their water pipes and sewer openings to avoid infiltration into the system. This helped keep your costs low for water and sewer access.
In the summer of 2009, against advice from the council & Mayor, I recommended, supported, and voted for to apply for a grant from the CDBG that would provide for remodeling and rebuilding private housing in North Hodge for people that met the requirements. Unfortunately the Village did not respond in time to meet the deadlines to apply for this grant. It was turned over to me in mid January to take over and complete. By this time the CDBG advised that we did not have enough time to complete the applications before the deadline. They advised that we should have started at the end of the summer previous.
On June 2, 2009, I voted against raising the Entergy Franchise Fee. That would have raised the price of your Entergy bill by 2%. This motion passed.
I have had first hand experience with the executive department of the Village of North Hodge. In Mayor Causey's absence from November 2008 to February 2009 I served as Mayor, as well as other times when she was absent from the municipality. In my opinion it was a very successful tenure in the fact that I dealt with many citizens, companies, the Environmental Protection Agency, LA elected officials, Louisiana Municipal Association, Louisiana Rural Water Association, our Engineers, Operators and also dealt with major sewer problems on behalf of the Village of North Hodge. I have presided as Judge over Mayor's court in the Mayor's absence.
I wrote & supported the following ordinances:
AN ORDINANCE THAT REGULATES MILEAGE RATES AND REIMBURSEMENT.
AN ORDINANCE THAT SPECIFIES HOW TO GIVE NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETINGS.
AN ORDINANCE THAT SPECIFIES PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING MEETINGS.
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR A WATER METER CONNECTION/DISCONNECTION FEE AND DEPOSIT TO BE PAID BY ALL WATER USERS IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH HODGE, LOUISIANA.
AN ORDINANCE THAT DEFINES AND MAKES IT UNLAWFUL TO MAINTAIN A DOG KENNEL FOR NON DOMESTIC OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.
Justice of the Peace, Judge David D. Womack presides over Small Claims Court every Thursday at 5185 Quitman Hwy, North Hodge, LA, 71247 at 3:00 pm.
(Across from North Hodge Village Hall)
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