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Road tax failure will require adjustments

The decision by Lower St. Martin Parish voters to discontinue a 10-year, 6.46-mill property tax for road maintenance is not expected to have immediate or far-reaching effects on roadway conditions there, says Parish President Chester Cedars.
The Sub-road Dist. One tax renewal failed to garner majority support in the Oct. 12 election, with 0nly 46 percent (197) of the 430 votes cast in favor.

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No fireworks at SM’s city council meeting

Local residents and a few out-of-town activists who crowded into the council chamber at Mayor Melinda Mitchell’s request Monday did not get the show they expected.
In a Oct. 23 radio interview Mitchell had asked for their attendance to help support an effort to dissolve the city’s charter and adopt the provisions of the state’s Lawrason Act which Mitchell feels would accord more power to the mayor’s office.

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medical care at jail – A new Telemedicine system, part of an innovative contract between St. Martin Parish and St. Martin Hospital to take over medical care for inmates at the Correctional Center in St. Martinville was demonstrated for the media on Monday, Nov. 4. Here, the Correctional Center nurse conducts a demonstration as Hospital CEO Karen Wyble explains the system and procedures to Parish President Chester Cedars (right). (Karl Jeter)

New medical care plan for SMP jail

Four months after a new medical care system for St. Martin Correctional Center began operation, Parish President Chester Cedars says all signs indicate the change was a good move.
At a demonstration of the new system’s Telemedicine feature Monday, Cedars said, “This is working out even better than we anticipated. We are saving the parish a lot of money and no question the level of care is better.”

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BB officials feel tax hike vital

As the Nov. 16 election day approaches, Mayor Ricky Calais and members of the city council have high hopes for passage of the proposed one cent increase in the city-wide sales tax.
They believe the increase, the first since the city initiated a sales tax in 1973, will make the difference between a future of progress for the city or simply keeping the Crawfish Capital’s financial head above water.

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Grinding report: Record year not expected

Thirty-six days into the 2019 grinding season, it appears that cane tonnage and sugar production numbers will be somewhat below recent year “bumper crop” figures.
LaSuCa public information point man John Hebert told the Teche News a sketchy weather year is probably responsible for the situation.
“It’s not going to be a bad year, the cane is tall and growth density is good,” he said. “But we had pretty erratic weather during the growing season; too much rain, then too little rain, plus a hurricane. So we ended up with kind of a confused crop.”


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