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WATER, WATER — This aerial view of a portion of the Bayou Estates subdivision in Lower St. Martin illlustrates the flooding threat to homes in the area. Taken last Friday, the picture shows water already covering the street along the right side and the curved section at the top.(Courtesy of Bobby Czeck)

Parish Council hears Lower SM concerns

Lower St. Martin –When Chester Cedars became president of St. Martin Parish, he told the citizens of Lower St. Martin – Belle River, Stephensville and Four-mile Bayou – that he would be more attentive to their communities and their needs.
In keeping with that promise, the parish council met in the Belle River Community Center on May 21 for what turned out to be a regular council meeting.

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SM’s finances were poorly supervised

An update by the consulting firm hired to analyze city accounting practices has disclosed that there was good reason for concern about financial management at city hall.
Jacob Waguespack, a managing partner with the accounting firm Faulk and Winkler, and accounting analyst Amy Burleigh delivered the report at a special meeting on May 15. Numerous problems were uncovered that led to overpaid invoices, bounced checks and unanticipated costs to St. Martinville taxpayers.

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Dist. D councilman Neil Melancon says it’s time to consider a penny raise in the Breaux Bridge sales tax rate which has been one cent since 1971.(Karl Jeter)

Sales tax hike in BB future?

For the first time in 48 years, city officials are considering the possibility of an increase in the current one cent city sales tax.
In a public hearing at the May 14 city council meeting, Dist. D councilman Neil “Sam” Melancon introduced the possibility of a penny increase. He presented a list of specific needs he would like the funds to address.
The increase would be expected to produce just over $3.18 million annually. Melancon suggested the following earmarks, as portions of the whole amount:
•New infrastructure and equipment - 63%.

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Parish to contract with hospital for jail health services

In the first comprehensive arrangement of its kind in the state, health care services for inmates at the St. Martin Correctional Center will soon be contracted to St. Martin Hospital.
At the May 7 St. Martin Parish Council meeting, President Chester Cedars unveiled the plan, saying that the deal will save parish taxpayers as much as $200,000 annually.

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City’s faithful gather for National Day of Prayer

About 100 members of the city’s faith community took to the courthouse lawn last Thursday to take part in the National Day of Prayer celebration.
Mayor Melinda Mitchell, acting as master of ceremonies, first introduced Parish President Chester Cedars who delivered a welcoming speech. A flag-raising ceremony was then performed by members of Boy Scout Troop 174.
Highlighting an afternoon of devotional messages and prayers was a program of inspirational and patriotic music provided by Frank Randazzo and the Mallalieu United Methodist Church Choir.

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