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Parks Water Dept. nearing its limit

At the first meeting of the Village of Parks council held in the new city hall building, Mayor Kevin Kately and the council mostly focused on the Village’s all-important water system.
In a community with a population under 1,000, the water system is one of the largest in the parish, serving 4,200 customers with about 180 miles of lines. Village operations are essentially supported by water system revenues but the unavoidable fact is that most of the system’s infrastructure is approaching 60 years of age.
At Kately’s invitation,

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Breaux winner in race for sheriff

Retired State Trooper Becket Breaux swept to victory in the three-man race for sheriff of St. Martin Parish in the gubernatorial primary election this past Saturday.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards topped his five opponents both locally and statewide but fell short of a majority and will face Republican challenger Eddie Rispone in the Nov. 16 general election.

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Zoning Office problems – New Zoning Administrator Danielle Fontenette (left) briefed the St. Martinville City Council about a logjam of issues she is working to straighten out. “We are really starting from scratch,” she said. (Karl Jeter)

City’s zoning office left in disarray

Poor record keeping, failure to bill for work to maintain nuisance properties, possibly even political vendettas are coming to light as new management works to make sense of the city’s zoning department.

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Budgets presented – The 2020 Sinking Fund, Operating and Maintenance and Capital Outlay budgets were completed and presented to council members for review at the council’s Oct. 1 meeting. Parish President Chester Cedars (center) credited the hard work of Financial Director Sean Hunley (right) and the administrative staff for completing preparation of the proposed budget ahead of schedule. (Karl Jeter)

Parish included in disaster coverage

A federal disaster declaration for St. Mary Parish, made in the wake of July’s Hurricane Barry, will now be extended to four other parishes, including St. Martin Parish.
Parish President Chester Cedars, speaking at the Oct. 1 parish council meeting, said the new declaration could result in the receipt of FEMA funds equaling 75 percent of the parish’s Barry-related outlays. The change was made in response to requests from Governor John Bel Edwards and officials of the affected parishes.


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