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District 11 St. Landry Parish Council member Timmy Lejeune makes a point about parish government’s lack of money to handle day-to-day road functions at Wednesday’s meeting of the Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council confronts its limitation

Despite a 2-cent tax funding a $66 million bond issue to pave more than 300 miles of roads, the St. Landry Parish Council confronted its monthly limitation to keep up maintenance and drainage on its other roads.
The tax passed in 2013 is collected in rural St. Landry Parish and is dedicated to paving roads and accompanying drainage.
But there are about 900 miles of roads in the parish. The annual bond payment is about $5.5 million and collections are running up to $6.5 million.

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice

Park Service seeks comment on possible commercial services

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve are developing a Commercial Services Strategy to assess the type and quality of services offered to park visitors and to consider possible future services such as tours, bike or boat rentals and transportation services.
The Park Service is seeking public input.

Rayne water tests heavy on iron

Equipment failure at the city Water Treatment Plant has prompted officials to notify utility users of elevated iron content in their tap water.
According to the city Water Department, this could last “for at least the next several days.”
According to a statement issued Monday afternoon, one of the treatment process phases which involves iron removal has experienced an equipment failure, and it may take several days to have the necessary replacement parts custom-fabricated, shipped to Rayne, installed, and operable.

Ville Platte adopts $16M budget

The Ville Platte city council held a special meeting on June 29 to amend its 2016-2017 budget, as well as approve the city’s budget for the year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2018.
For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the city originally anticipated revenues in the amount of $15,977,000. However, the city actually brought in $11,675,260.
Due to the fact that revenues were down for the year, the council was forced to amended the 2016-17 budget. Originally, the city anticipated spending $15,917,000, but instead it only spent $12,993,000.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 1 to mark the completion of a new bridge on Joe W Road, also designated the Mathias Guillory Memorial Roadway, in the Swords community. The concrete bridge was completed with state Department of Transportation and Development and federal bridge replacement program funding totaling about $400,000. Cutting the ribbon was Julien Morris Guillory, 85, the only surviving child of Mathias Guillory, accompanied by other family members. Also in attendance was St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot and Council member Timmy Lejeune. (Photo courtesy of St. Landry Parish Government)

New bridge celebrated in Swords

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 1 to mark the completion of a new bridge on Joe W Road, also designated the Mathias Guillory Memorial Roadway, in the Swords community. The concrete bridge was completed with state Department of Transportation and Development and federal bridge replacement program funding totaling about $400,000. Cutting the ribbon was Julien Morris Guillory, 85, the only surviving child of Mathias Guillory, accompanied by other family members. Also in attendance was St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot and Council member Timmy Lejeune. (Photo courtesy of St.

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