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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.

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.

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot gave an update on city activities at the Eunice Rotary Club. At right is Lynn LeJeune, Rotary Club president a former mayor of Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Retail growth possible near Walmart

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot provided few details, but said additional retail development around the Walmart Supercenter is possible.
Fontenot said he met with a developer from the Lafayette area who is interested in establishing retail sites around Walmart.
The developer locates national retailers in his properties, he said.
But, the area’s sewer system may have to be upgraded, he said.
It was of several topics Fontenot talked about at a Eunice Rotary Club meeting Wednesday.

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)

Robert Johnson, Eunice recreation department director, gave an update on his department at Tuesday’s council meeting. Johnson noted the department has a webpage,, 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.

Eunice council starting with light agenda

The agenda items ran on the light side as the agenda was set for Tuesday’s Eunice Board of Aldermen meeting.
Mayor Scott Fontenot, Alderman at-large Jack Burson and Alderman Dale Soileau were the elected officials attending the meeitng Thursday at City Hall.
Agenda items include:
A presentation by Chris Naquin, Community Garden director.
Update on Mardi Gras activities.
Presentation by Civice Sources on adjudicated property.
Recreation director on fees.
Presentation on yard leaf disposal.
Report from Fire Chief Mike Arnold.


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