City of Eunice

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From left, Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot and Alderman at-large Marion “Nootsie” Sattler before Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

American Legion building hits another delay

A plan for the city to give the American Legion building on Park Avenue back to the veterans’ group took another turn at Tuesday’s meeting of the Eunice Board of Aldermen.
The Board was set to act on two resolutions involving the building, which has housed the Eunice Food Bank. One was to declare the building of no use to the city as a public facility and the other to state the city had failed to meet the requirements of a donation by the American Legion in 1976.

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Mayor Scott Fontenot

City’s reopening hit some glitches

Golfing that had resumed at the Eunice Country Club had to be suspended for a week after a tournament was followed by a couple cases of COVID-19.
The reopening and shutdown is one of the few glitches in the city’s emergence from the coronavirus shutdown that started in March.
The country’s club’s Spring Classic was scheduled in April, but the club was shutdown then.
So the event was held Memorial Day weekend with about 50 people in attendance, according to Steve Saucier, club president.

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A line of new pickup trucks waited to enter city service at the Recreation Complex in March. Those trucks are now mostly on the streets. Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said the city leased 18 new pickups that were purchased at John R. Young and Perry Pitre dealerships in Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

City updates its pickup fleet with 18 new vehicles

If you’ve noticed city workers driving shiny white trucks it is because many of the 18 new pickup trucks the city has leased are on the road replacing vehicles that were more than 20 years old.
“Most of them were on the verge of the wheels falling off,” Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said of the aging fleet of city pickup trucks in the recreation, gas, street and wastewater departments.
In February the city received the trucks leased through Enterprise and purchased at John R. Young and Perry Pitre dealerships in Eunice, he said.

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At 10:30 a.m. Friday morning there were no walkers or runners seen at the Eunice Nature Walking Trail. However, there was Chookie Derbes feeding the ducks. Derbes, 93, a retired pharmacist and former owner of Derbes Drug Store in Eunice, was feeding the ducks deer corn. Derbes said he has been doing this for many years. He said, “The ducks are so used to me. When they see my truck drive up, they automatically start running toward it. I really think they recognize me too. I just enjoy doing this.” (Photo by Myra Miller)

City’s walking park, lake, golf course reopened

The city’s walking park, golf course and lake reopened to the public on Friday.
Robert Johnson, recreation director, announced the reopening.
“At this time, gatherings of people will be restricted and areas of the facilities maybe designated as off limits. Restricted areas will have caution tape or barricades placed around them. These areas may include cooking areas, seating areas and playground,” the announcement stated.

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Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot

Public safety tax to start in October

A 0.25% tax to fund public safety pay raises is scheduled to begin in October and is projected to generate at least $500,000 a year.
The tax passed with 78% of the vote on May 4 in the election that drew 6,308 votes.
In recent weeks there has been questions raised on social media about the tax that have drawn Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot online.
Fontenot and city financial advisor Steve Moosa have said the city won’t start seeing proceeds from the tax until December.

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