St. Landry Parish Council

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Parish burn ban may get repealed

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.

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Parish burn ban is a hot topic

A ban on burning in rural St. Landry Parish subdivisions is up for more discussion after the Parish Council approved it in June.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the burn ban was sent back to a September committee meeting for more discussion.
After the meeting, council member Wayne Ardoin said he is getting questions about the ordinance.
“The thing is very vague. We just need to look at it,” he said.
One issue connected to the burn ban is the public is having difficulty getting yard debris hauled from their property, he said.

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St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, standing at left, speaks to the St. Landry Parish Council about animals control and shelter issues arising from the handling of two stray horses in the Palmetto area that ended up in Texas. The meeting Wednesday was packed. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council panel to investigate animal shelter policies, ordinances

The St. Landry Parish Council voted for a study of the parish’s animal control ordinances and policies that include the animal shelter.
The Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee is to conduct the study that follows a controversy over the handling of two horses that were picked up by animal control. The owner had to retrieve his horses in Texas and paid more than $2,500. The owner is seeking reimbursement for his expenses from the Parish Council.
Attorney Katie Ryan and Parish President Bill Fontenot are to join the committee in its research.

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Eunice High School was honored at the St. Landry Parish Council meeting on Wednesday with a plaque recognizing the football team winning the Class 3-A state championship title. Presenting the plaque was Jimmie Edwards, left, a Eunice member of the Parish Council. Left of Edwards are Mitch Fontenot, Eunice High principal; Paul Trosclair, Eunice High athletic director and head football coach; and Bill Fontenot, parish president. The Council also recognized the North Central Basketball team for winning is state championship. Trosclair commented, “We are still celebrating in Eunice.” (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council stakes out a new direction

Without fanfare, the St. Landry Parish Council staked out a new path for development when it approved three ordinances to govern waste disposal in the parish.
The ordinances are in response to a proposed wastewater injection well site near the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Landfill at Beggs.
The site is in Harold Taylor’s sixth district that includes north St. Landry Parish.
“This is the beginning of a comprehensive look at land use in this parish,” Taylor said.

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Steven Moosa, CPA, of Darnall, Sikes & Frederick, talks about a St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency audit his firm completed. Moosa was at a St. Landry Parish Council meeting on Thursday in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

7-year-old CAA deficit resurfaces

A $275,000 deficit believed to have been incurred about seven years ago at the St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency resurfaced at a Parish Council committee meeting.
Steven Moosa, CPA with Darnall, Sikes & Frederick, reported the deficit as he explained an audit of the agency done for the year ending July 31, 2018.
The audit presentation on Thursday resulted in the commitee requesting Kirsten Thomas, CAA executive director, to attend the committee’s meeting in April. The deficit occurred before Thomas became director.

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