St. Landry Parish Council

St. Landry Parish Council members work by cell phone light after a storm knocked the power out on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Lights out on parish budget

The lights were literally out when the St. Landry Parish Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee began its discussion of the parish budget.
Which may have been fortunate because the committee was told the budget, which is to be prepared by Parish President Bill Fontenot, has not been completed.
A hail storm passing through Opelousas Wednesay pelted the Old City Market building and eventually the lights went out.
With cell phones illuminating the room, Amanda Cain, finance director, said the parish president will present the budget.

Opelousas Parish Council member Wayne Ardoin

Superintendent dismissed at Parish Council meeting

The St. Landry Parish Council dismissed hearing from school Superintendent Patrick Jenkins at a meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting was called to discuss parish government’s budget, but Jenkins was added to the agenda to talk about the lease of a parish-owned Head Start site.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said he requested Jenkins be added to the agenda.

Racino dough smells good to Council

Beset by budget woes, some members of the St. Landry Parish Council want to take a second look at how the money from Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino is split.
The parish receives about $2.7 million before it is divided across 11 entities.
The so-called racino money came up as the Parish Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee met Wednesday in Opelousas to hear an often stated story of parish government revenues falling behind ever expanding needs.

St. Landry Parish Councilman Harold Taylor signals he wants to speak at Wednesday’s meeting of the Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

IT, server contract revision underway

A new lease purchase agreement for a computer network server is headed toward the Sept. 19 St. Landry Parish Council meeting.
The Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee approved sending the contract to the full meeting along with an agreement with information technology manager Shane Garrard.
The agreement with Garrard would be to end his services with parish government, Parish President Bill Fontenot said.
The server agreement is another move to fix a finding in an audit released in July that faulted parish government’s handling of the server lease-purchase.

Councilman Ken Marks

Speed bump removal questioned

St. Landry Parish Councilman Ken Marks said when Midway Lane was resurfaced the speed bumps were removed.
Now, he says residents are calling him asking what happened to the speed bumps.
Marks said Parish President Bill Fontenot and Russell Schexnayder, public works director, said state law prohibits putting the speed bumps back on the road.
Neither the parish president nor the public works director were at Wednesday’’s meeting of the Parish Council’s Public Works Committee.

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