The city council here has voted to end the $800 allowance being paid to Mayor Melinda Mitchell for the use of her own vehicle for city business.
During a special meeting on Nov. 13, the allowance was cancelled at Mitchell’s request. After taking office in July 2018, Mitchell requested the monthly payment rather than using a vehicle provided by the city, which likely would have been a nearly new pickup truck that was used by Mayor Thomas Nelson while he was in office.
Mitchell has been driving her own Mercedes car while on city business.
103 and doing fine – Breaux Bridge Mayor Ricky Calais and council members gave special recognition to 103-year-old resident Mrs. Rachel D. Anderson Clipps (center) during their Nov. 12 meeting. Family members say she is very sharp and takes care of herself. Mrs. Clipps is shown here with some of her children, grandchildren and friends.(Karl Jeter)
Auditor Russell Champagne has delivered the city an “unmodified” or clean audit report for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
At the Nov. 12 council meeting, Mayor Ricky Calais and council members were briefed on the report’s positive findings for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Champagne described the city’s financial position as sound.
Cash reserves were somewhat reduced, but that was offset by an increase in the value of fixed public assets, reflecting the fact that city funds have been spent on needed infrastructure projects.
The Louisiana Department of Education last week released the school and district performance scores for 2018-19 and the news was mostly disappointing for the St. Martin Parish public school system.
The District Performance Score (DPS) for the parish slipped from 75.2 to 73.3, falling below the state average of 77.1. The parish did manage to maintain its ‘B’ letter grade, however.