St. Landry Parish Council

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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.

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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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From left, St. Landry Parish Council members Harold Taylor, Ken Marks and Wayne Ardoin after Wednesday's meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Council hacked over IT situation

The fax machine and printer aren’t working in the St. Landry Parish Council office and that was on the agenda of the Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee on Wednesday.
Also on the agenda was an item for an update on the IT (information technology) person.
The discussion seemed as if Council members were hacked about the IT situation.
Parish President Bill Fontenot was not at the meeting, so it fell to Amanda Cain, finance director, to talk about the IT situation from parish government’s view.

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Harold Taylor

Prisoner bill again draws Council concern

The cost of housing of parish prisoners outside St. Landry Parish once again drew the attention of the Parish Council.
Councilmen Ken Marks and Harold Taylor reported on their study of the prisoner problem at a meeting Wednesday in Opelousas.
The Parish Council has revisited the prisoner issue several times since the city of Opelousas closed its jail in May.
Taylor questioned why the city of Opelousas does not share in the parish’s cost of housing city prisoners since it uses some of the inmates for trusty work.

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Garrett Duplechain was announced as the legal counsel to the St. Landry Parish Council. Chad Pitre had been the counsel. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council approves $1.5M credit line

For a second year the St. Landry Parish Council approved an ordinance allowing the government to borrow up to $1.5 million.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said he has learned much since taking the job six years ago.
The financing practice that had carried from over the police jury days included borrowing from one fund to another through the year.
“Government was borrowing money from itself,” he said, which created shortfall in funds.
“It is legal and passed audits,” he said The borrowing was legal as long as the money was repaid, he said.


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