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NEW SHERIFF —

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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A proposal to end free health insurance for council members is afoot, but the Dist. 7 council representative Vincent Alexander opposes changing members’ insurance coverage mid-term.(Karl Jeter)

Parish council health insurance questioned

Concerns have again been raised about the costly health insurance plan available to parish council members.
At the June 16 committee meetings, Councilman Brook Champagne received a less-than-warm response from some members for his announced intention to introduce an ordinance ending the coverage at the regular meeting on July 7. A vote on the matter would be held in August.

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Town Hall Plans – Mayor Sherbin Collette displayed the preliminary architect’s plans for the new structure. More input from council members and residents are being gathered and more refinements to the design will be made before final acceptance. (Karl Jeter)

Henderson will consider stronger dog ordinance

Concerned for the safety of Henderson residents, Police Chief Leroy Guidry is asking the town council to consider amending the existing dog control ordinance.
At the June 8 council meeting, Guidry was insistent in his belief that there will eventually be a disastrous attack if dangerous dogs are not better regulated in public areas.

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