St. Landry Parish Government

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House razed in Eunice

A house at 521 Fred St. in Eunice was removed in a joint effort by the city, St. Landry Parish Government and the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission.
Parish President Jessie Bellard said, “We started the cleanup process on some adjudicated properties one being in Eunice on Fred Street last week. That was completed with the help of Solid Waste and their team over there and the city of Eunice,” he said at Wednesday’s Parish Council meeting in Opelousas.

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Jessie Bellard, right, was sworn in as St. Landry Parish president by District Court Judge Jason Meche at Parish Council meeting Monday in Opelousas. In the background, from left, are Council members Timmy Lejeune and Coby Clavier. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

As storms threatened, parish president elected

As two storms threatened, the St. Landry Parish Council elected Jessie Bellard on a 7-6 vote as interim parish president on Monday.
Bellard’s first order of business was to sign disaster declarations to clear the way for federal assistance with storm damage.
Tropical Storm Marco dissipated, but Tropical Storm Laura grew into a hurricane threatening southwest Louisiana.
The parish council seat was vacant since Bill Fontenot resigned effective Friday citing a need to focus on his health. Fontenot was serving his third term as parish president.

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Eunice High's Caroline Vienne carries sand bags to a truck Monday at the Northwest Community Center as people prepare for the storms. (Photo by Tom Dodge)

St. Landry Parish Courthouse to close at noon Tuesday

Judge Alonzo Harris has issued an order closing the St. Landry Parish Courthouse and all offices within it at noon Tuesday and all day Wednesday. 
Harris will evaluate the weather situation and decide later about Thursday, according to a news release from St. Landry Parish Government.
The courthouse houses the offices for the judges, clerk of court, parish government, registrar of voters, and the tax assessor.
The announcement Monday is in reference to Tropical Storms Marco and Laura at approaching Louisiana.

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Van Reed has been suggested to be interim St. Landry Parish president. (File photo)

Outgoing parish president urges Reed as interim

Outgoing St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot has recommended the Parish Council name Van Reed as the interim president.
Reed, of Eunice, is serving as the director of Emergency Preparedness and public information officer for parish government. He was appointed to the position by Fontenot.
On Tuesday, Fontenot announced his resignation effective Friday citing his need to focus on his health. Fontenot was diagnosed with a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma earlier this year.

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Parish Council proceeds with CAO position

An ordinance to activate the chief administrative officer job is headed to the Aug. 19 St. Landry Parish Council meeting.
The ordinance was introduced Wednesday prior to the Council’s committee meetings.
If the introduction is any indication of what’s ahead, creating the job may face a rocky reception.
Council member Mildred Thierry voiced concerns in the meeting conducted by teleconference.

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