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Vine troubles – Arborist Jim Foret displays a piece of the fig vine that has grown into the canopy of the Evangeline Oak. Foret and LSU Ag Center Extension agent Stuart Gauthier reported on their inspection and recommendations for preservation of the city’s trademark tree.(Karl Jeter)

Evangeline Oak being ‘strangled’ by vines

LSU Ag Extension Agent Stuart Gauthier and Lafayette arborist Jim Foret told city officials Monday that all is not as it appears when looking at the Evangeline Oak. It turns out that much of the green growth in the canopy of the city’s legendary live oak tree is actually made up of fig vines.

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Mark Brignac, owner of the Evangeline Mobile Home Park, blames the city for insufficient electric service at the park.(Karl Jeter)

Mobile home park issues again occupy SM council

St. Martinville – If there is a single issue that has dominated recent council meetings here, it has to be the electrical problems at the Evangeline Mobile Home Park. More than half of the lengthy Nov. 18 meeting was spent debating the issue.
Park owner Mark Brignac is convinced that the city is responsible for the entire cost of upgrading the outdated electric service there. He also contends that he is the victim of a vendetta against him by Councilman Craig Prosper.

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Insurance info – Brown and Brown Insurance representative John Caro explained the company’s vehicle insurance requirements during a special meeting of the St. Martinville City Council on Nov. 13.(Karl Jeter)

SMCC ends mayor’s vehicle allowance

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.

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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)

Breaux Bridge audit positive

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.

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Parish schools’ DPS slips to ‘C’

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.


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