St. Landry Parish Council

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The St. Landry Parish Council met Wednesday in the Delta Grand Theater. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Solid Waste Commission members voted a raise

St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission members will receive an extra $50 for every meeting they attend.
The 33% raise in the per diem was approved by eight St. Landry Parish Council members at a meeting Wednesday in Opelousas held in the Delta Grand Theater.
The commission members will receive $150 each for attending the meetings held twice a month.
At a Parish Council meeting on Sept. 2, Richard LeBouef, executive director the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission, said the last per diem increase was in 2005.

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Jessie Bellard, right, was sworn in as St. Landry Parish president by District Court Judge Jason Meche at Parish Council meeting Monday in Opelousas. In the background, from left, are Council members Timmy Lejeune and Coby Clavier. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

As storms threatened, parish president elected

As two storms threatened, the St. Landry Parish Council elected Jessie Bellard on a 7-6 vote as interim parish president on Monday.
Bellard’s first order of business was to sign disaster declarations to clear the way for federal assistance with storm damage.
Tropical Storm Marco dissipated, but Tropical Storm Laura grew into a hurricane threatening southwest Louisiana.
The parish council seat was vacant since Bill Fontenot resigned effective Friday citing a need to focus on his health. Fontenot was serving his third term as parish president.

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Parish Council alters meeting date, time to name interim president

The St. Landry Parish Council is changing its special meeting from Wednesday to Monday. The following was posted Saturday:
"NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL will hold a SPECIAL MEETING and will be held as stated below:
DATE: Monday, August 24, 2020
TIME: 1:30 P.M.
LOCATION: OLD CITY MARKET BUILDING
131 West Bellevue Street Opelousas, La
for the following purposes, to-wit:
Discuss and Appoint an Interim Parish President to fulfill the duties of current Parish President Bill Fontenot until calling of a Special Election.

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Van Reed has been suggested to be interim St. Landry Parish president. (File photo)

Outgoing parish president urges Reed as interim

Outgoing St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot has recommended the Parish Council name Van Reed as the interim president.
Reed, of Eunice, is serving as the director of Emergency Preparedness and public information officer for parish government. He was appointed to the position by Fontenot.
On Tuesday, Fontenot announced his resignation effective Friday citing his need to focus on his health. Fontenot was diagnosed with a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma earlier this year.

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Parish Council proceeds with CAO position

An ordinance to activate the chief administrative officer job is headed to the Aug. 19 St. Landry Parish Council meeting.
The ordinance was introduced Wednesday prior to the Council’s committee meetings.
If the introduction is any indication of what’s ahead, creating the job may face a rocky reception.
Council member Mildred Thierry voiced concerns in the meeting conducted by teleconference.

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