St. Landry Parish Council

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Parish to use own resources for spraying

A spraying program to control roadside weeds will have to wait at least a month, but it now appears it is likely to happen.
At Wednesday’s St. Landry Parish Council meeting the issue was continued until its Public Works Committee meets on June 3.
By that time Russell Schexnider, public works director, may have a plan to use parish resources to do the herbicide spraying.
Schexnider, in a teleconference meeting because of the distancing requirements to slow the spread of the coronavirus, said the parish could save money using its own resources.

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Eunice polling place changed approved

The St. Landry Parish Council approved changing the polling place from the building housing the Eunice Food Bank to the Eunice Career and Technical Center.
The move of the Ward 6 Precinct 14 polling location , OK’d at Wednesday’s Parish Council meeting, is necessary because the ownership of the building is about to change.
In March and in May the Eunice Board of Aldermen acted to give the building back to the American Legion. The Legion plans to sell the building t 251 Park Ave.

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Council member Harold Taylor

Parish Council wary of its finances as it considers weed spraying

The St. Landry Parish Council delayed a decision about spraying weeds along its roads.
With Council members holding a teleconference meeting Wednesday, what would have been a routine expense came under the microscope.
Last year the Council approved spraying instead of mowing the weeds as a cost-cutting measure.
This year even spraying, estimated to cost about $70,000 in areas without special taxing districts. The total cost for the parish was estimated at $120,000 at the Council’s regular meeting two weeks ago.

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St. Landry Parish Council member Ken Marks, center, receives an appreciation plaque from Parish Council Chairman Jerry Red at Wednesday’s meeting. At left, Council member Alvin Stelly looks on. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish-owned properties in focus

By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
Tax-delinquent properties that end up owned by the parish may be on the agenda at a St. Landry Parish Council committee meeting on Jan. 2.
At the Council’s regular meeting Wednesday, Madelyn Duran, CivicSource investor relations manager, said there are 201 adjudicated properties listed on the CivicSource online auction site.
Adjudicated properties are those where taxes have not been paid. After five years, properties can be sold at auction. Once a property is online, an auction is started when a deposit is made on the property.

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Parish Council budgets 5% pay increase

The St. Landry Parish Council 2020 budget includes a 5% pay raise for its employees — the first in 10 to 15 years, according to budget information handed out at a special meeting Thursday.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said, “We have in this budget a 5% raise, so this is one the first times we’ve been able to afford it even though we are struggling to have a balanced budget. We are making some cuts.”

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