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No Revenue disaster – St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars described June revenues as down, but not critically so in the midst of the COVID-19 situation. (Karl Jeter)

COVID not too hard on parish’s finances

In a report to the Parish Council at the Aug. 4 meeting, President Chester Cedars outlined the latest data on the parish’s financial status during the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted the economy since late March.
Cedars reported that June revenues, the most current for which detailed information is available, were down only about ten percent from 2019 figures. Not a good development, but certainly not a “worst case” scenario either, he said.

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This view of Breaux Bridge’s Berard Street near City Hall shows the “bicycle lane” markings on the recently resurfaced street which is part of LA 31 through the Crawfish Capital. The improvements extend from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue.(Sally Angelle)

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With his wife, Kim, holding the Bible and family members looking on, Becket Breaux was sworn in as St. Martin Parish sheriff by District Judge Anthony Thibodeaux on July 1 in St. Martinville. Concerns over COVID-19 issues prompted Breaux to opt for a private ceremony.(Submitted

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Board delays action on employee salaries

For the second time in as many months the St. Martin School Board delayed action on a proposed salary increase for the system’s almost 1,000 employees.
District 9 representative Floyd Knott has been urging board members to approve a salary increase and offered a motion during last Wednesday’s meeting to grant all employees an $80 per month raise.
But a substitute motion by Mark Hebert and Steve Fuselier put the issue on hold until the board’s September meeting.

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Rural areas of parish lack broadband access

With the school year cut short on March 16 by the COVID-19 pandemic, students and teachers have become dependent on internet access to insure that the needed subject matter is still covered. Without it, students could find themselves at a disadvantage when they transition to the next grade.
At the June 16 parish council committee meetings, President Chester Cedars said he was surprised to learn how many St. Martin Parish students who live in rural areas do not have high-speed internet access at home.


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