By Harlan Kirgan
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.
St. Landry Parish Council
By Harlan Kirgan
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.”
Grant money will be sought through the Acadiana Planning Commission as an avenue to fund the demolition of the vacant and decaying Moosa Memorial Hospital.
The St. Landry Parish Council’s Adminstrative-Finance Committee voted to request the assistance at a meeting Wednesday in Opelousas.
Coby Clavier, a Parish Council member from Eunice, placed the issue on the committee’s agenda.
Clavier noted the Eunice Board of Aldermen approved a resolution for the parish to do something with building.
The 10-year Census count is on April 1, 2020, and demographer Mike Hefner urged the St. Landry Parish Council give him the green light to begin his work.
Hefner, of Geographic Planning and Demographic Services, spoke to the Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee on Sept. 4 about the Census and reapportionment.
Much of the count will be done electronically, he said. In the past people received post cards and long forms, but the Census count is likely to use phones and computers, he said.
A ban on burning in rural St. Landry Parish subdivisions passed in June is on the Parish Council’s Wednesday agenda.
And this time the agenda item is for repeal of the ban at the meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Old City Market, 131 W. Bellevue St., Opelousas.
The burn ordinance was placed on the agenda for repeal by a 3-2 vote of the Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee at a Sept. 4 meeting.