St. Landry Parish Council

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Charlotte Bihm, of Beggs, asks the St. Landry Parish Council Administrative-Finance Committee to forward a resolution to the full Council to oppose a salt water disposal injection well at a meeting on Wednesday in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Council may oppose disposal well at Beggs

After at least three meetings in which residents have voiced opposition to a salt water disposal well at Beggs, the St. Landry Parish Council will consider a resolution opposing it.
A resolution to oppose the 5.5 acre site to be developed by Eagle Oil is to be presented at the Council’s Jan. 17 meeting.
The Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee approved drawing up the resolution at its Wednesday meeting at the Old City Market in Opelousas.
Charlotte Bihm, a Beggs resident, asked that the Council join residents in opposing the site.

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St. Landry Parish Councilmen from the Eunice area, from left, Jimmie Edwards and Coby Clavier confer during a committee meeting Wednesday in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice hospital district appointments face new headwinds

Action on three appointments to Eunice’s St. Landry Hospital District 1 Board were delayed for a third time.
The latest delay came at the St. Landry Parish Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee on Wednesday.
Two applicants were reported for three seats. They were Brenda Hardy and Newton “Chip” Thibodeaux, who serves as chairman of the Board.
Their terms are expiring along that of Robert Quirk Jr.
Also on the Board are Lloyd Antoine, Michelle DeRouen and Sandifer Burson.

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Advertising for hospital district appointments delayed

Appointments to the various boards in St. Landry Parish are usually routine matters, but Eunice’s Hospital Service District 1 came under scrutiny at a meeting of the St. Landry Parish Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee.
There were three appointments to the hospital board to be authorized for advertisement.

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St. Landry Parish Councilman Harold Taylor makes his point for amending the budget presented by Parish President Bill Fontenot at a meeting Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council ends up with 2 budget choices

The St. Landry Parish Council introduced two budgets at a special meeting Wednesday.
One budget was proposed by St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot.
The other budget is identical except it cuts 15 percent from the Eunice and Opelousas marshals and courts. That budget was introduced by Councilman Harold Taylor and ended up being voted upon after the Council wrangled over whether it could supplant the administration budget.
Council Chairman Jerry Red reminded the Council before the vote that any member may introduce a budget without need of second and vote.

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Eunice St. Landry Parish Councilmen Jimmie Edwards and Coby Clavier follow budget proceedings Thursday night at a special meeting of the Parish Council in the Old City Market in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish budget lacks wiggle room says fiscal director

St. Landry Parish Government’s budget was back under review during a special meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday.
Amanda Cain, finance director, presented a preliminary budget that whittled a $151,000 deficit down to $14,000 from a budget she presented Nov. 1.
The $6 million general fund budget has $4 million that is untouchable, she said.

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