St. Landry Parish Government

Racino dough smells good to Council

Beset by budget woes, some members of the St. Landry Parish Council want to take a second look at how the money from Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino is split.
The parish receives about $2.7 million before it is divided across 11 entities.
The so-called racino money came up as the Parish Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee met Wednesday in Opelousas to hear an often stated story of parish government revenues falling behind ever expanding needs.

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.

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.

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.

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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