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Parks sees need for spare pump

The unusually hard freezes this winter had the Village of Parks concerned about the possible need for spare equipment.
Mayor Kevin Kately spoke about the issue at the March 13 Village Council meeting. Kately said that a pump motor quit due to extra strain on the system. An extra one was on hand, so no real emergency occurred.
During that time, however, the system was dependent on that one pump. Had the worst case scenario occurred and that pump motor failed as well, thousands of Parks Water System customers would have been without water.

New technology will monitor water levels

The recurring worries about high water in Lower St. Martin Parish is sparking interest in a better way to monitor water levels in the area.
At the March 20 parish council committee meetings, Parish Homeland Security Director Lt. Col. Terry Guidry said a new digital hydrological gauge system currently being installed offers a better way. The old water level measuring system made use of simple footage scales attached to docks in waterways at various locations.

Big Air – A skateboarder lifts off from the big ramp. The 4,500 sq. ft. facility has something for skilled rollers as well as beginners.(Karl Jeter)

Magnolia skate park unveiled

With a crowded ribbon-cutting ceremony last Sunday, March 25, the new Skate Park at Magnolia Park officially opened.
An estimated 250 people attended the opening. Skateboard hot-shots sailed above the fresh concrete ramps and berms as helmeted and padded preschoolers gave the newest addition to St. Martinville recreation a try.

Early voting light

St. Martin Parish Registrar of Voters Patricia T. Guidry reports a rather turn out of early voters for municipal races in St. Martinville and a bond proposal for Hospital Service District No. 2 (St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge).
As of noon Tuesday only 269 votes had been cast in the city races and 127 on the bond proposal.
That represents 6.2 percent of St. Martinville voters and less than one percent of the electors residing in the hospital district.

It’s official: Cedars now interim parish president

New St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars was sworn in at the March 6 parish council meeting. The oath of office was administered to the long-time parish legal adviser and former assistant district attorney by his law partner Stan Gauthier II.
Cedars will serve as interim president until a special November election when voters will choose a successor to Guy Cormier who resigned last month to accept a position with the Louisiana Police Jury Association.

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