St. Landry Parish Council

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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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Moosa Memorial Hospital on Friday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Grant might be the best medicine for Moosa hospital

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.

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Demographer Mike Hefner talks to the St. Landry Parish Council Administrative-Finance Committee on Sept. 4. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

With Census count coming reapportionment is on the way

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.

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