City’s secretive budget process backfires

The Eunice city government’s budget process seems designed to keep controversy behind closed doors.
The mayor meets with one or two aldermen to discuss the budget, which avoids violating the state’s open meeting law.
The public gets a very basic look at the budget in a public notice, which is published on Page 8 today.
The notice is required before a public hearing is held and that’s scheduled at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday before the Board meets at 6:30 p.m.
Adoption of the budget for the fiscal year that started this month is on the agenda.

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

Highway dedicated to former Gov. Blanco

Gov. John Bel Edwards joined former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Rep. Sam Jones and local officials for the unveiling of the Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Highway on Tuesday.
SB 134 by Sen. Wesley Bishop designates U.S. 90 from its intersection with I-10 in Lafayette to its intersection with La. 308 in Raceland as the “Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Highway.” Four signs have been commissioned to mark the highway.

Tony Robichaux

UL Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux dies

It is difficult to imagine this University, or this community, without coach Tony Robichaux, Dr. Joseph Savoie, University of Louisiana at Lafayette president, said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Robichaux, 57, died at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans according to the University.
Savoie’s statement follows.
For players and fans alike, he was Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball, a transformative, iconic figure who strengthened and nurtured the program for a quarter century.

Ville Platte council adopts amended and new fiscal budgets

The Ville Platte city council voted Friday to adopt an amended budget for the fiscal year ending June 30 and also voted to adopt a budget for the fiscal year beginning Monday.
The newly adopted amended budget shows a surplus in excess of $3 million dollars.
Before the vote, a public meeting was held on the issue of both budget ordinances. During the public hearing, Arthur Sampson notified the mayor and council that he had filed a suit in the 13th Judicial District Court over the previous council meeting held June 17 where the council voted to raise the utility rates.

CFMA Cajun Awards and Music Festival planned in Rayne

The 2019 annual Le Cajun – CFMA annual Cajun Awards and Music Festival will be held Aug. 16-17 at the Rayne Civic Center.
The awards ceremony will be hosted by the Cajun-French Music Association of Louisiana, with Cajun musicians from throughout the area to be in attendance and honored.
The Le Cajun Award and Festival is a unique, two-day event will feature an awards ceremony honoring the best in Cajun music and Cajun musicians and includes a two-day dance festival with award winning Cajun bands providing the music.


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