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Eyesore – Bids will be taken for the demolition of this decrepit house at 6365 Main Hwy in north St. Martinville.(Karl Jeter)

City Council adopts employee handbook

A long-awaited policies and procedures manual for St. Martinville city employees has been completed.
After a few questions from members at the first meeting of the new decade on Monday, Jan. 6, the council gave unanimous approval for its adoption.
One issue clarified at Mayor Melinda Mitchell’s request concerned random drug testing. Chief Administrator Avis Gutekunst suggested a system that would use the last digit of employees’ Social Security numbers to determine who would be subjected to a random test.

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The Bayou Teche bridge in St. Martinville will be closed during the day next Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13-14, for crews to perform maintenance work on the concrete structure, built in 1942. Motorists will need to use either the bridge north of town on Col. Jeff DeBlanc Parkway or the bridge on LA92/Smede Hwy south of the city during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.(Sally Angelle)

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SHUTTING DOWN — A truck loaded with bagasse leaves the LaSuCa mill at St. John on the final day of the 2019 harvest season last Tuesday, Dec. 31. A hard feeze in mid-November contributed to an early end to grinding and resulted in slightly less tonnage and sugar yield than had been projected at the start of the harvest back in September. (Karl Jeter)

2019 crop: Tonnage, sugar down

The LaSuCa mill at St. John processed its last load of sugarcane on Dec. 31, finishing its season about two weeks sooner than had been expected when grinding began in mid-September.
The final tally of cane processed and sugar recovered did not quite live up to pre-season expectations when the coop hoped to take in as much as 1.58 million tons of cane.
LaSuCa General Manager Mike Comb said Monday that the final tally showed the mill processed 1,423,636 tons of cane that yielded 308,028,371 pounds of sugar.

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Catfish plant not pollution source

In response to concerns about possibly harmful waste flowing from the Guidry’s Catfish processing plant, town and parish officials have determined that the plant is in full compliance with regulations.
Outflow of nasty-looking materials into the deep ditch along LA 352/Henderson Hwy was the subject of a resident’s complaint voiced at the Dec. 9 town council meeting. The resident said he is concerned that ground water and soil in the area might be degraded by the materials.

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Village issues frequently center on the large, but aging water system, which is an important asset to Parks. At the Dec. 10 meeting, Councilman Harold “Kellogg” Robertson expressed dissatisfaction with the water quality and said the line flushing program has not been adequate. Fom left are Mayor Kevin Kately, Clerk Charlene Hill, Robertson and council member Myra Yvonne Narcisse.(Karl Jeter)

Water system, basketball court stir Parks tension

The low-key bayouside Village of Parks is best known for its big water system, which serves many times the population of the village, and for the popular annual Cracklin Festival.
But, as evidenced in the Dec. 10 Village Council meeting, things have taken a slightly less cooperative tone since the move to the new city hall building two months ago.


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