As reported in recent weeks, construction should be starting soon on the courthouse annex to be located on the lot behind the courthouse (across St. Martin Street from the Law Enforcement Center/Jail). When completed, the building will house the offices of the assessor, clerk of court and registrar of voters.
Once these agencies move into the new facility, a major renovation of the old courthouse will begin, converting the entire structure into a judicial complex housing all of the D.A.’s operations, judges’ offices and courtrooms.
As a consequence of this work (you can’t make an omelet without breaking an egg) the D.A. and judges will need to find temporary accommodations elsewhere, and last week the school board agreed to allow the old Early Learning Center (at the corner of Church and MLK streets in St. Martinville) to be used during the courthouse renovation.
That will make good use of an otherwise vacant facility, but will require extensive renovation to turn classrooms into courtrooms and offices. I’ll be curious to see just how that’s accomplished.
Construction of the annex will necessitate the demolition of what most of our senior readers know as the old Health Unit which is now being used by the D.A.’s office for some of its operations.
But project architect Glenn Angelle assures me that several huge old oak trees located on the property will NOT be cut to make way for the new annex. The area where the trees stand will be for parking, and the trees will be incorporated into the landscaping of the lot.
HEBERT HONORED . . .
Congratulations to St. Martinville native Raymond Hebert, executive director of the Community Foundation of Acadiana in Lafayette, who has been named the recipient of the 2008 Richard E. Baudoin Jr. Award, presented to an individual who has had an indirect impact on the business industry in Acadiana, and who is not necessarily a business owner or entrepreneur.
Under Raymond’s leadership, CFA has accumulated assets of more than $21 million in eight years to enhance philanthropy in the region and support charitable causes.
He was a big help to us when we were operating our Neighbors in Need project several years back and he has been a tireless and effective worker in building the CFA into a formidable agency.
After graduating from St. Martinville Sr. High (where he was an enthusiastic and colorful Tiger booster), Raymond studied history and philosophy at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington. He taught theology, history and music at St. Thomas More Catholic High School before joining the CFA.
THIS & THAT
Father’s Day is Sunday and we’ll be on the beach in Destin, Fla., with the whole family to celebrate son Gerard’s marriage to Lori Guidry of Cecilia. The wedding is Saturday, but we’ll be on the Cajun Riviera for several additional days with our four daughters and most of their families. Way too many to fit into our motorhome so the RV is staying home and we’ve rented several condo units to house the horde.
It should be lots of fun, but I’m thinking a quiet few days at Lake Fausse Pointe will be needed to recover.