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Alderman Marion “Nootsie” Sattler, left, listens to Alderman Dale Soileau talk about amending the city’s noise ordinance at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Economic Development Committee ordinance in motion Eunice aldermen vote to amend noise ordinance

An ordinance to create an eight-member Eunice economic development committee was introduced at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said the ordinance replaces one that had been in place since 1961 that formed a 12-member industrial development board.
“I’m ready to get this thing rolling,” Fontenot said after Tuesday’s meeting. “I spent a lot of time working that ordinance up and I believe it is something simple, yet something that is going to be very resourceful to get some things going.”

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City’s meeting agenda light

The agenda for Tuesday’s Eunice Board of Alderman meeting was light as of a meeting Thursday.
Aldermen will be asked to schedule a public hearing on May 9 as part of the process to roll forward property taxes.
The 2017 general alimony is to be adjusted from 6.59 to 6.77 mills. The street maintenance millage is to increase from 4.87 mills to 5 mills.
In St. Landry Parish, the increase form 2016 to 2017 amounts to $18,976 in St. Landry Parish and in Acadia Parish, $788. The total millage revenue will be $29,943 in Acadia Parish and $720,497 in St. Landry Parish.

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Donna Baltakis, left, Keep Eunice Beautiful director, talks about a litter survey of Eunice during Tuesday's Eunice Board of Alderman's meeting at the Eunice Municipal Complex. At right is Anthony Baltakis. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Survey finds Eunice a tad more littered

An annual survey of litter in Eunice found the city a bit worse off this year than in previous years, according to Donna Baltakis, Keep Eunice Beautiful director.
Baltakis delivered the report at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at the Eunice Municipal Complex.
The neighborhood-by-neighborhood survey gave Eunice an overall score of 2.15, which is slightly littered, but that’s up from previous scores of 1.66, 1.51 and 1.58.
The scoring system is 1 to 4 with 1 being minimal or no litter and 4 the highest amount of litter.

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Eunice Fire Chief Mike Arnold, left, and Mayor Scott Fontenot talk before Thursday's agenda meeting at City Hall. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

City to adjust millage

Eunice aldermen will be asked to vote on a public hearing about a “roll forward” of the 2017 property tax millage rates.
That tax question is one of several items placed on the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Board of Aldermen at the Eunice Municipal Complex, 300 S. 2nd St.
In 2016, the city had to roll back its millage rates to 6.59 for general alimony and 4.87 for street maintenance. The roll forward rates would be 6.77 for general alimony and 5 for street maintenance.

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Eunice Fire Chief Mike Arnold stands in front of a fire truck built in 1972 at the Central Fire Station. Arnold outlined pay and equipment needs for the department at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Robert Johnson, Eunice recreation department director, gave an update on his department at Tuesday’s council meeting. Johnson noted the department has a webpage, eunicerec.com, and can take credit and debit cards at its recreation sites. From left, are Mayor Scott Fontenot, Alderman at-large Jack Burson, Alderman Marion “Nootsie” Sattler and Johnson.

City meeting returns to familiar turf -- finances and needs

The Eunice mayor and aldermen returned to familiar turf during Tuesday’s meeting as they heard a report from Fire Chief Mike Arnold outlining the fire department’s needs.
“It is time that we bring to the attention of the governing board of the city of Eunice certain deficiencies at your fire department,” Arnold said.
The first deficiency Arnold cited is a $9 an hour starting pay for firefighters, but most of his list was about aging equipment.

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