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Using it while they can — A fisherman takes advantage of the final weeks of use of the Lake Martin boat launch. Owners of the property say they are closing the ramp for repairs, but one owner told the Teche News they are forcing the issue at this time to bring clarity to the question of legal liability. No date for possible reopening ihas been mentioned.(Karl Jeter)

Lake’s boat launch set for closure

The long-running struggle between Lake Martin users, land owners and a tangled web of government bodies and non-profits has finally reached the point of full disfunction. Owners of the boat launch area plan to close it to public access at the end of February, and no reopening date is in sight.

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Fake $$ surfaces in St. M’ville

In recent weeks, St. Martinville residents have reported that someone has been making purchases arranged on-line using fake $100 bills.
St. Martinville Police Public Information Officer Adam Touchet is warning the public that
“prop” currency, which has the words “For Motion Picture Purposes” printed on its face, has been used to dupe inattentive individuals.

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Best in state – The Louisiana Parks and Recreation Association has designated the Village of Parks’ Cecile Rousseau Poche Memorial Park “The Best Recreational Park” for 2020.(Karl Jeter)

Parks park cited by state

After three years of constant improvement, the Village of Parks’ Cecile Rousseau Poche Memorial Park has been chosen by the Louisiana State Parks and Recreation Association “Recreational Park of the Year”
for 2020.
The park has always had the advantage of a very scenic location. The tree-shaded acreage along a wide stretch of Bayou Teche features a boat ramp, camper parking, large and small pavilions and baseball and basketball facilities. It is the venue for the annual Cracklin’ Cook-off, which will be held on April 26-27 this year.

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Berard claims discrimination in complaint

Alleging that he was discriminated against because of his race, former Chief Administrative Officer Shedrick Berard has filed a complaint against the City of St. Martinville with the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights and the state Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The complaint, filed on Jan. 23, describes what Berard sees as an attempt by white council members to prevent his success in the CAO position.

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New faces – At the first full meeting of the St. Martin Parish Council, members heard a report on the initial list of road improvements projects proposed for 2020.
(Karl Jeter)

Recreation changes, roads topics for Parish Council

St. Martin Parish is planning to make some changes in the management system for recreation programs at parish parks.
Introduced at the Jan. 21 Public Works Committee meeting was an ordinance amendment dissolving the existing steering committee and replacing it with a board of directors.
Parish President Chester Cedars explained that the move is intended to bring more consistency to park usage policies, space rentals and the handling of complaints.


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