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Abbeville receives $800,000 for sewer system

It is nice to share, but, let’s be honest, it’s really nice to sometimes get a big piece of the pie.
The City of Abbeville can relish in that feeling.
Mayor Mark Piazza announced at the most recent City Council meeting that the city has been awarded funds from the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) program. The city will receive $800,000 for sewer improvements.

‘Litter Court’ could address Avoyelles' illegal dumping problem

Visitors to Avoyelles Parish often remark on the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its outdoor recreation areas, landscape, bayous and hunting grounds.

However, that beauty is marred and the pleasant experience jarred by the appearance of litter haphazardly dumped in or along a bayou or roadside or in an otherwise scenic woodland.

A “litter court” to handle citations for illegal dumping is one program the parish is considering.

Henderson mulls property upkeep

The town of Henderson is considering entering into an intergovernmental agreement with St. Martin Parish government to help address the problem of poorly-maintained properties.
The issue was raised by a resident’s complaint at the April 9 town council meeting. Mayor Sherbin Collette said that new parish president Chester Cedars has been floating the idea of a parish wide effort to find a cooperative remedy for messy properties.

Krystal N. Tolento

Police: Drunk driver caused crash

A 30-year-old Berwick woman allegedly caused a vehicle crash in Morgan City while intoxicated and then began punching a window of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Police Chief James Blair said in a news release.

—Krystal N. Tolento, 30, of Second Street in Berwick, was arrested at 1:26 a.m. Wednesday on charges of DWI first offense, obstruction of public passages, simple assault, no driver’s license and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

The Daily Review/Bill Decker
Patterson City Attorney Russel Cremaldi, left, and Mayor Rodney Grogan talk about filling the police chief post during Tuesday's council meeting.

Patterson begins choosing interim chief

PATTERSON — The process of replacing Police Chief Patrick LaSalle is underway.
The Patterson City Council could have an interim replacement for LaSalle, who retired Friday after more than 20 years on the job here, as early as April 16.
The council and mayor set out the process at Tuesday’s meeting, at which the council also heard more about parish officials’ hopes to streamline the process for industrial tax exemptions and agreed to borrow $1 million to finish the city’s new water plant.
LaSalle’s retirement set some interesting timing in motion.

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