St. Landry Parish Council

Eunice High School was honored at the St. Landry Parish Council meeting on Wednesday with a plaque recognizing the football team winning the Class 3-A state championship title. Presenting the plaque was Jimmie Edwards, left, a Eunice member of the Parish Council. Left of Edwards are Mitch Fontenot, Eunice High principal; Paul Trosclair, Eunice High athletic director and head football coach; and Bill Fontenot, parish president. The Council also recognized the North Central Basketball team for winning is state championship. Trosclair commented, “We are still celebrating in Eunice.” (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council stakes out a new direction

Without fanfare, the St. Landry Parish Council staked out a new path for development when it approved three ordinances to govern waste disposal in the parish.
The ordinances are in response to a proposed wastewater injection well site near the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Landfill at Beggs.
The site is in Harold Taylor’s sixth district that includes north St. Landry Parish.
“This is the beginning of a comprehensive look at land use in this parish,” Taylor said.

Steven Moosa, CPA, of Darnall, Sikes & Frederick, talks about a St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency audit his firm completed. Moosa was at a St. Landry Parish Council meeting on Thursday in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

7-year-old CAA deficit resurfaces

A $275,000 deficit believed to have been incurred about seven years ago at the St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency resurfaced at a Parish Council committee meeting.
Steven Moosa, CPA with Darnall, Sikes & Frederick, reported the deficit as he explained an audit of the agency done for the year ending July 31, 2018.
The audit presentation on Thursday resulted in the commitee requesting Kirsten Thomas, CAA executive director, to attend the committee’s meeting in April. The deficit occurred before Thomas became director.

Parish Council: Deal or No Deal?

The St. Landry Parish School Board may have gotten its final offer from the Parish Council for the lease of property for a Head Start Center adjacent to the parish airport.
The monthly rental price has ranged from $5 a month to $1,125 a month since October, the month after the school system took control of the Head Start program in St. Landry Parish.
The School Board has about $6.8 million in federal money to operate the 11 Head Start centers in the parish.
The deal may close at $500 a month at the Feb. 20 Parish Council meeting.

Environmental lawyer Andrew Jacoby talks about land use law at a St. Landry Parish Council Finance Committee on Feb. 6 in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council to consider land use ordinances

A proposed commercial wastewater injection well in the Beggs is stirring the St. Landry Parish Council to consider a land use ordinance.
Details are likely to be ready for the Feb. 20 Council meeting.
Environmental attorneys Bill Goodell, of Lafayette, and Andrew Jacoby, of New Orleans, spoke to the Council’s Finance Committee on Feb. 6 about land use restrictions.
Eagle Oil LLC is seeking a permit from the state Department of Natural Resources for the well to be used to dispose of fracking waste from oil and natural gas drilling.

Jerry Red was elected St. Landry Parish Council chairman at Wednesday's meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council OKs budget

The St. Landry Parish Council approved its 2019 budget that Parish President Bill Fontenot said is balanced.
“I use this term a lot. We are still operating on a poor boy budget, but we do the best we can to be efficient...” Fontenot said at the meeting Wednesday where the budget was approved.
Parish government operated in 2018 with a reduction of 17 people, mostly in public works, he said.
Accounting office changes are allowing closer monitoring of finances, he said.


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