St. Landry Parish Council

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Amanda Cain, St. Landry Parish Government finance director, discusses the Parish Council’s 2020 and 2021 budgets at a meeting Wednesday in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish budget balanced, but questions hover

An amended 2020 budget and a proposed 2021 budget were introduced at a special meeting Tuesday.
The 2020 budget includes an ending balance of $2,123,405 that is carried forward into the 2021 ending balance. The 2020 beginning balance was $1,574,569 — A $548,836 difference.
Amanda Cain, finance director, presented the budget and said, “I’m happy to say the 2021 budget is balanced.”
The parish finances faced uncertainty from hurricanes that battered the parish and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Early voting for the Dec. 5 election began at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Eunice City Hall. Clerk Cynthia Martin is in the background framed by two voting machines. Only one vote had been cast by noon. Voting continued Saturday and resumed Monday through Wednesday. The early voting takes a break for Thanksgiving and Friday and ends on Saturday. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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The St. Landry Parish Council met Wednesday in the Delta Grand Theater in Opelousas. The building allows the Council to establish social distancing. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Jail tax renewal urged

Renewal of a tax to maintain and operate the St. Landry Parish Jail is a critical issue for parish government, according to Parish President Jessie Bellard.
If the tax isn’t passed, the parish’s fund for roads, bridges and drainage will be emptied of nearly $700,000 to pay for jail maintenance and operations.
The election is Dec. 5.
Early voting continues Monday through Saturday. Voting will not be held on Thanksgiving or Friday.

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Acadian Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Kevin Frank is shown at the St. Landry Parish Council committee meeting held in the Delta Grand Theater in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Attorney Greg Frost discusses a Medicaid proposal at Wednesday’s St. Landry Parish Council meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Hospital assessment asked to help pay Medicaid care costs

Allegiance Health Management representatives asked the St. Landry Parish Council to approve a tax on Acadian Medical Center.
Allegiance is the owner of the Eunice hospital.
The tax, also termed assessment during the Council Adminstrative-Finance Committee meeting in Opelousas on Wednesday, is intended to enhance the federal reimbursement for care given to Medicaid patients.

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Bill Rodier, St. Landry Parish Economic Development executive director, talks about Evangeline Downs at the Oct. 21 St. Landry Parish Council meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Development by Evangeline Downs stalled by COVID-19

Planned development on the Evangeline Downs property in Opelousas has been stalled by COVID-19, according to Bill Rodier, St. Landry Parish Economic Development executive director.
Boyd Gaming, which owns Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, shutdown in March when coronavirus restrictions were ordered by Gov. John Bel Edwards, he said.
Rodier was speaking at a St. Landry Parish Council meeting on Oct. 21 in Opelousas.
Rodier said there is a four-part plan for the 660-acre Evangeline Downs site.
The plan includes:

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Moosa Memorial Hospital.

Parish Council OKs $10K for hospital asbestos removal

The St. Landry Parish Council approved $10,000 as its share of removing asbestos from the old Moosa Memorial Hospital.
Parish President Jessie Bellard recommended the approval at Wednesday’s meeting.
The money will come from the parish’s health unit account, he said.
The money is to be paid to the St. Landry Parish Hospital District 1 Board and when the hospital property is sold it is to paid back to parish government.

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