The St. Martin Parish Council has called a special election for Saturday, Oct. 14, asking parish voters to consider two separate tax issues. The first will be a proposal to levy a property tax of 1.75 mills to provide funds to the parish Council on Aging.

FIVE MILE DETOUR — Motorists will have to use this five-mile detour for four to six weeks while the state installs a major culvert along La. 352/Henderson Hwy in preparation for improvements to the I-10 interchange at La. 347/Grand Point Hwy. The detour follows La. 349 /Nina Hwy from Henderson Hwy to Grand Point. The exact start of the detour has not been determined but will likely be in the very near future.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) plans to close La 352/Henderson Hwy/ Main Street at the La. 347/Grand Point Hwy intersection for the construction of a large box culvert.

SANDBAG HELP — Trusties from St. Charles Parish used an automatic bagger from St. Mary Parish to help respond to the flooding in Lower St. Martin Parish last week. Using the machine, the crew filled more than 30,000 bags that were distributed to local property owners in the Stephensville area.(Linda Cooke)

Parish President Guy Cormier, Homeland Security Director Terry Guidry and Dist. 1 councilman Byron Fuselier reported on the unexpected flooding plaguing Lower St. Martin Parish at the June 6 parish council meeting.

Parish Council to consider rededicating courthouse tax

The St. Martin Parish Courthouse Annex under construction in 2009. Parish Government rededicated a 4.5-mill property tax originally levied for library construction to finance the annex and renovate the main courthouse, built before the Civil War. Parish Council is now considering asking voters to rededicate revenue from the tax for drainage improvement and to refurbish parks.

Faced with a choice of giving a tax break or renovating and expanding the antebellum parish courthouse, voters back in 2005 chose the latter.

Cormier pushing Teche Ridge as a Lafayette bypass

Guy Cormier

While prospects appear dim that Interstate 49 will detour around Lafayette on the Teche Ridge, St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier says there is still hope for a major new highway in the parish on that naturally elevated route.

How Breaux Bridge is weathering downturn

SUPPORT FOR COA – Breaux Bridge Mayor Ricky Calais presents a $10,000 donation to the Council on Aging. Shown are (from left) COA Chairperson Jennifer Champagne, Councilman Gary Champagne, COA board members Janet Lasseigne and Betty Guidry, executive director Shanese Lewis, Calais and council members Howard Alexander, Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, Brenda Castille Hobbs and Glenn Angelle. (Karl Jeter)

Sales tax receipts here are down as they are throughout the area, but so far, spending controls are keeping high priority projects on schedule.

Will the ’Ville become ‘Cleanest City’ again?

CONTEST WINNERS – “Cleanest City” Slogan and poster contest winners received awards for their entries. Paige Broussard (left) was the first place winner in both categories. Her winning slogan is “Getting Clean in 2016.” (Karl Jeter)

ith judging for the “District’s Cleanest City” just around the corner, St. Martinville schools and civic groups are asking residents to help by sprucing up their properties.

Henderson Mayor Hopes to Avoid sewer fee hit

At Monday’s Town Council meeting, Mayor Sherbin Collette reiterated his warning that if voters on April 9 don’t authorize the rededication of a penny sales tax to allow some of the revenue to be used by the sewage system, citizens will be paying higher sewer fees here.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, March 7, through Sunday, March 13

Monday, March 7
Broussard, Drey, 25, 1000 block of Dupuis Rd., Breaux Bridge; issuing worthless checks, illegal possession of stolen things, theft of items valued at $300 or over, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Landry, Preston, 38, 1000 block of Lakewood Ln., Breaux Bridge; hold for court (SMSO).

Breaux Bridge Police need your help to locate a missing person

The Breaux Bridge Police Department is asking the public's help in locating Blaire Kimberlyn Jones, 22.
Police said she suffers from medical problems and was last seen leaving a residence on Declouet Hwy between Arnaudville and Cecilia in a 2005 white Toyota Solara bearing LA license XLV443.

Project Front Yard gets boo$t from WoodmenLife

BIG CHECK FOR PROJECT FRONT YARD – James Johnstone (left) of WoodmenLife presents a donation to Project Front Yard coordinator Holly Gilbeaux and Parish President Guy Cormier. The donation will cover the cost of supplying Project Front Yard activity books to students in parish schools. (Karl Jeter)

At the March 1 Parish Council meeting, the parish was presented with a donation of $4,150 from WoodmenLife to support efforts of Project Front Yard in parish schools. That amount will be used to finance the distribution of the project’s activity books to school students throughout the parish.

You'll be driving faster on some parish roads

Speed limits will soon be raised on some roads in the parish.
At the March 1 Parish Council meeting, President Guy Cormier said that a study by a Lafayette traffic consulting firm has shown that on some roads, improved road conditions would justify a higher speed limit without compromising safety.

The St. Martin School Board's wish list

The St. Martin School Board last week unveiled a “scope of work and expenditure breakdown” for the $64.5 million bond proposal members hope parish voters will approve in an April 9 special election.

Mardi Gras holidays trimmed in 2016-17

St. Martin Parish public school students and teachers will have two less holidays for Mardi Gras under the 2016-17 school calendar approved last week by the school board.
The calendar was adopted without discussion after a staff report showed that 58.2 percent of the employees favored the proposal over an alternate calendar.

Lane closure on La. 347 thru August

Beginning Monday, March 14, La. 347 between St. Martinville and Parks will be reduced to one lane in alternating directions for roadway construction.
Alternating lane closures will continue on this section of roadway through the scheduled completion of construction in August 2016. All lanes will be opened at night and on Sundays.

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The 2016 high school football season has reached the halfway mark and the District 5-4A campaign begins Friday for the league’s five teams.

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