Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot takes a photo of Fire Chief Mike Arnold in a frame noting Eunice’s 125th anniversary after the Board of Aldermen’s meeting Tuesday. Also shown, left, is Alderwoman Connie Thibodeaux and Marion “Nootsie” Sattler, alderman at-large. The photos will be put in a time capsule for the city’s 150th anniversary. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot takes a time capsule photo.
From left, Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot, Alderwoman Connie Thibodeaux and Fire Chief Mike Arnold enjoy a photo on Fontenot's phone Tuesday.
Aldermen condemn property
Property at 241 Julia Street was condemned by the Eunice Board of Aldermen at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.
Ginny Moody, city clerk, said the vote on condemnation had been delayed from the Board’s December meeting because there was a potential buyer.
But the buyer never materialized.
Vernon McManus, city attorney, said the house is vacant with broken windows and doors missing. That condition means the house meets the main reasons for condemnation, which may lead to demolition.
The Board also voted to schedule show cause hearings in February for properties at 310 N. Beulah St., 100 Fruge St., and 151 S. St. George St.
Another property, 521 Fred St., is adjudicated to St. Landry Parish and will be discussed with Parish President President Bill Fontenot, Mayor Scott Fontenot said.
McManus said the legal issues are not clear on adjudicated property and how local government is to deal with abandoned, dilapidated and dangerous structures. The Louisiana Municipal Association plans to request the Legislature modernize the laws concerning condemnation procedures.
The meeting Tuesday was mostly routine business for the city Board such as approving bills and receiving reports.
The Board opened the agenda to allow Jake Flukers, of Shreveport, to request a proclamation to honor military personnel from Eunice who were killed in the Vietnam War.
Flukers said three graduates of the former Charles Drew High School, now Central Middle School, are to be honored with a monument to be placed at the school.
A Feb. 29 event will observe the placing of the monument to include the Charles Drew alumni killed in action. They are Cpl. Jimmy Monday, died September 1968; Sgt. Charles Williams, died February 1966; and Pfc. Jimmy Williams, died August 1968.
Flukers also requested that the proclamation include the names of D.W. Sistrunk and J.D. Feucht, also killed in action during the Vietnam War.
After a service at Central Middle School, a gathering is planned at the Southeast Community Center, he said.
In one of the routine reports, the mayor said there about 1,379 library patrons in December and 468 computer users. The monthly income at the library was $496.60.