Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot

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Richard LeBouef, executive director of the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission, speaks at the Eunice Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday.

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A mound of trash at the Eunice City Barn has been a constant site for months. Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting that he wants city crews to get out picking up the debris. The collection is job for the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission, he said. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Mayor says city crews aren’t for garbage collection

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot made the city’s case at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting that its crews should not be picking garbage.
“We are not the trash collector in the parish,” he said.
“Solid Waste contracts with Waste Connections. They are the trash collector in the parish,” Fontenot said.
Richard LeBouef, executive director of the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission, said, “I make no excuses and accept all criticism for the issues at hand, but surely you can see that the year 2020 has been hard on all entities.”

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Vernon McManus, city attorney, makes a point about dilapidated properties at a meeting Thursday at City Hall. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

City buidlings have leaky roofs, mayor wants to talk about them

By Harlan Kirgan
Leaky roofs at a slew of city buildings is among the topics that began to fill the Eunice Board of Aldermen’s agenda for a meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Scott Fontenot brought up the roof issue at a meeting Thursday to set the agenda for the meeting to begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Eunice Municipal Complex.
There is money in the city’s capital outlay budget to repair the roofs, Fontenot said.
“It’s a major issue and if we don’t fix it, it is going to get worse,” he said.
The leaky roofs are located at:

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Circle Park in Eunice is about to have new playground equipment, according to Mayor Scott Fontenot. The mayor is also looking at installing splash pads by the summer of 2018. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Circle Park improvements in the works; splash pads likely

The popular Circle Park is about to get new playground equipment and other improvements, Mayor Scott Fontenot said.
The Board of Aldermen gave the mayor the green light to gather bids for the Circle Park equipment along with splash pads at their November meeting.
Fontenot expects the Circle Park equipment is going to cost about $50,000.
“We plan on putting one big piece of equipment,” he said.
“We get can get a big one that can serve all the ages — anywhere from 4 on up to 12....” he said.

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Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot

City leaders air budget frustrations

After Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot aired his department’s problem hiring and retaining employees, the mayor and aldermen joined in expressing their frustration with the city’s budget.
“We had another one resign today,” the police chief said. “Currently, I’m seven employees short. Six police officers and now a jailer, but it has been a constant hiring process ...”
Fontenot pointed to pay as an issue in hiring and keeping personnel. Starting pay for an officer is $9.75 a hour and jailers start at $8.50 a hour, he said.

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Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot is seated at far end of the table on Thursday as Bill Thompson, code enforcement officer, stands and explains property issues to be placed on Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s agenda. Clockwise, from left, are Vernon McManus, city attorney; Jason Bertrand, alderman; Fontenot; Thompson; Fire Chief Mike Arnold; Jack Burson, alderman at-large; Connie Thibodeaux, alderwoman; and Police Chief Randy Fontenot. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Board heads for another Maple Avenue resolution

The Eunice Board of Aldermen will once again try to steer the state Department of Transportation and Development to overlay La. 91 — West Maple Avenue — from La. 13 to the west city limits.
Jack Burson, alderman at-large, said, “This will be about the fifth time I offer a resolution on this.”
Burson contrasted East Maple Avenue, which the city maintains, to West Maple Avenue.
“East Maple Avenue is in pretty good shape,” he said. “That part that we are talking about is in horrible shape.”


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