Eunice Board of Aldermen

The city’s agenda-setting meeting was held Thursday. From left, are Vernon McManus, city attorney; Chad Andrepont, alderman, Scott Fontenot, mayor; Bill Thompson, code enforcement officer; Connie Thibodeaux, alderwoman; Mike Arnold, fire chief; Ernest Blanchard, alderman; Ginny Moody, city clerk; and Randy Fontenot, police chief. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Agenda light for new Board members

The agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, as of Thursday, was fairly light for two new members.
Chad Andrepont, Ward 1, and Ernest Blanchard, Ward 3, attended their first agenda meeting Thursday as aldermen.
Andrepont, a Eunice High School basketball coach, offered his apology in advance for not attending the Tuesday meeting. A game scheduled long before he was elected conflicts with the meeting.
Andrepont said he would be at subsequent meetings.
City officials also plan to hold a formal inauguration at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Theater.

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot presents a plaque to Alderman at-large Jack Burson at Tuesday’s city meeting. The plaque recognizes Burson’s 24 years of service to the city. Tuesday was Burson’s final regular city Board meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Shirley Vige

City audit finds no deficit, cash on hand

The short take on the Eunice city fiscal status is the balanced sheet is not in a deficit and there was a $415,000 cash gain, according to accountant Shirley Vige at Tuesday’s Board meeting.
Vige, CPA, delivered the results of an annual audit that reflected the city’s operations for the year ended June 30.
“All in all, the city is in good financial status,” he said at the end of his presentation.
The audit found the general fund ended at $415,357, which is down from the 2017 ending balance of $944,335.

Agenda light for Tuesday’s city meeting

The agenda is fairly light for the Eunice Board of Aldermen’s meeting Tuesday.
The agenda for the meeting that begins at 6:15 p.m. includes three show cause hearings for properties that may be condemned. The properties are at 411 S. 10th St., 1241 Gregg St., and 320 Jelks St. The agenda did not list the property owners.
A city audit for the July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, budget year may also be presented by Shirley Vige Jr., CPA.

2 properties condemned in Eunice

Two derelict properties in Eunice are to be torn down by the city after Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting.
They were among 10 properties to be scrutinized at the meeting.
Bill Thompson, code enforcement officer, said the property at 230 Rodney St. had been involved in a fire and “...nobody has done anything with it and I think it is time we need to tear it down.”
The Board agreed with Thompson’s assessment of the property listed as owned by Michelle Prudhomme Duos.

From left, Miss Eunice Jenna Godeau and Miss Teen Eunice Caroline Andrus spoke at the Eunice Board of Aldermen’s meeting Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Aldermen OK millages

Aldermen breezed through an agenda Tuesday that included adopting millage rates that are unchanged from last year and postponing hearings that can lead to property demolitions.
The city millage remains are to remain at 6.77 for general alimony and 5 for street maintenance.
There were six properties that were to be considered for action by the Board of Aldermen, but Vernon McManus, city attorney, said four hearings had to be postponed because the owners needed 30 days notice instead of 10 days.

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