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Illegal, but that’s OK – A surprising decision by 16th Judicial District Court Judge Keith Comeaux on April 8 allows this commercial business on Lake Martin to continue operating, even though it violates parish zoning laws.(Karl Jeter)

Court rules against parish on Lake Martin protection

The years-long effort to force the closure of a commercial operation at Lake Martin ended with a surprising decision against the parish by 16th District Court Judge Keith Comeaux on April 8.
Lake Martin is widely recognized as one of the best natural wildlife preserves and most productive bird nesting sites in the state. It has become a mecca for bird enthusiasts, fishermen and paddlers from all over the country and is designated for protection by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and by St. Martin Parish zoning ordinances.

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Brian Touchet

Air Force vet to run public works

The council has hired a career Air Force and Department of Defense construction and maintenance specialist to take charge of the city’s Public Works division.
St. Martinville native Brian Touchet is a 22-year military veteran and has been involved in public works operations for 40 years. He has supervised military base construction and on-base public works in many parts of the world as well as supervising embassy construction in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Blanchard contract approved by board

School Board members gave unanimous approval to the employment contract for Superintendent Allen Blanchard Jr. during a brief meeting last Wednesday, April 3.
The contract runs from March 13, 2019 through June 30, 2021 and includes a base salary of $138,500.
Board member Mark Hebert of Dist. 10 questioned Blanchard regarding the salary amount, asking Blanchard if he was satisfied.

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Pepper Festival moving to city’s Magnolia Park

The 2019 Kiwanis Pepper festival will he held in a different month and at a different location than in recent years.
Kiwanis President Brad Horton received approval at the April 1 city council meeting to hold the event, now scheduled for Oct. 26, at Magnolia Park instead of the festival grounds. Horton said the large pavilion at the park will provide dry space in case of rain and much more parking space for visitors.


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