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NEARLY DONE – Completion of the Village of Parks’ new $975,000 city hall building is expected by mid-July. It is located at the cormer of Periou and Melancon Streets, adjacent to Cecile Rousseau Poche Memorial Park. (Karl Jeter)

Village responds to noise in park

Following a series of complaints about noisy events at Cecile Rousseau Poche Memorial Park, the village is considering taking steps to deal with the situation.
In order to limit the volume of music at public events like the annual Cracklin’ Cook-Off, as well as private parties, Mayor Kevin Kately said it might be necessary to find some kind of compromise.
“I live near the park, and I knew when I moved there that there would be noise sometimes,” he said. “But I never really understood the need to turn the volume up until people can’t even talk to each other.”

At least 15 BB homes flood during 11” rain

Breaux Bidge Mayor Ricky Calais reports that 15 homes in the city flooded following an unusually heavy rain on June 6.
The event was discussed during the June 10 city council meeting, and it turns out that two council members were among the victims. The residential flooding affected homes in several scattered neighborhoods around town. As much as 11.3 inches of rainfall was measured over a four-hour period,
overwhelming many drainage outlets.

UNLOADING BINS — A worker unloads a pallet of recycle bins to be distributed to rural households across St. Martin Parish. Pelican Waste & Debris will begin collecting garbage and recycle items in unincorporated ares on July 1 under a new contract with Parish Government.(Mary L. Terry)

Pelican to begin rural trash pickup on July 1

Beginning July 1, the unincorporated areas of the parish will be served by a new solid waste collection contractor, Pelican Waste & Debris. Residents will experience a few changes to go along with the bright blue bins Pelican has been distributing.
Trash collection charges will no longer be included on residential water bills. When the end date of the contract with Waste Management was approaching, the parish council issued a request for proposals for a new contract, and one of the requirements was direct customer billing.

Legislative Report – In the final days of the 2019 legislative session, former St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier, current executive director of the Louisiana Police Jury Association, delivered an update on legislative items affecting parish government and local residents. (Karl Jeter)

Cormier reports on La. session

Former Parish President Guy Cormier told the parish council last week that, as the end of the 2019 legislative session approached, the outcome of the session is generally good.
Of the 272 bills considered this session, four had a particular impact on St. Martin Parish. Two of those would have diminished parish government authority, but were narrowly defeated, he said.

BACK IN BUSINESS

— The Butte La Rose Pontoon Bridge was re-opened at noon on Tuesday, June 11. The bridge, a vital link to those with camps and homes between the levee and the Atchafalaya River, was closed May 26 due to rising water. Parish President Chester Cedars said engineers had inspected the bridge on Monday, June 10 and authorized the re-opening of the structure.(Sally Angelle)

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