Drivers on LA31/Main Hwy between Parks and Ruth have been coping with delays as several miles of newly resurfaced pavement were rejected due to a faulty asphalt formulation. DOTD engineer Bill Oliver told the Teche News the problem was traced to a computer error at the asphalt plant. Here, traffic is being stopped in alternate lanes as a pilot truck leads vehicles through the construction site. (Karl Jeter)
The long road to beginning construction of the Bayou Estates flood wall appears to be nearing its end. At the March 6 parish council meeting, President Chester Cedars presented a review of the process which began in earnest in November 2017.
The wall is intended to greatly reduce the almost-yearly threat of flooding in the Stephensville area of Lower St. Martin Parish and give residents a break from at least some of the sandbagging that has been required to protect their homes.
At a special council meeting on Monday called following a heated argument between Public Works supervisor Charlie Rader and employee Michael Martin, the council called for polygraph testing of the principals and two witnesses.
The incident occurred on Feb. 26 when Rader confronted Martin about his overtime hours, which Rader considered excessive. Accounts of the men’s conduct during the dispute differ.
With participation in team sports at city parks declining, soccer and football programs at Magnolia Park have been scaled back, but some feel the still-active baseball program there could be saved.
Baseball parents, program director Wayne Oubre and Dist. 1 councilman Mike Fuselier have voiced concern that needed repairs brought to the attention of the city council in November, 2017 have received little attention.
It’s been more than 50 years since the ongoing school desegregation case was filed, and the St. Martin School Board is still struggling to meet a myriad of mandates imposed by federal courts.
And while it appeared the parish had met all requirements in the early 1970s, it was later discovered that the case had never been formally closed and plaintiffs, assisted by attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc., petitioned to reactivate the lawsuit.