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Outstanding Service – This was one of several awards presented to outgoing St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier at his final council meeting on Feb. 20. From left are: Chris Tauzin, Dist. 5; Byron Fuselier, Dist. 1; Neil Thibodeaux, Dist. 4; Chester Cedars, interim president; Lisa Nelson, Dist. 2; Cormier; Jill Hebert, Dist. 6; Jason Willis, Dist. 3 and council chairman; Daniel Richard, Dist. 9; and Dean LeBlanc, Dist. 8. Albert “DaDa” Menard, Dist. 7, was absent.(Karl Jeter)

Parish officials laud Cormier

Respected St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier attended his final council meeting as a parish official on Feb. 19.
Public officials and others who have worked closely with Cormier during his 18 years in parish government described him as a much-respected leader, mentor and friend. Current and past council members all expressed gratitude for his openness, availability and work ethic.

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Pontoon bridge signs damaged

The new height barriers installed at the beginning of this year restricting vehicles over 9.5 feet tall from using the Butte La Rose pontoon bridge have been nearly destroyed by three separate incidents.
First to be damaged were the yellow signs stating a five ton maximum weight and a 9.5 feet clearance.
Next was the entire metal sign bent by a passing box truck traveling fast enough to rip the sign off its metal stand.
Then on Friday, Feb. 16 more damage was done to the only sign still standing.

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Judge orders pipeline halt

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction ordering a stop to work on construction of the Basin Bridge Pipeline that would pass through the Atchafalaya Basin in the southeastern portion of upper St. Martin Parish.
Federal District Judge Shelly Dick’s decision last Friday was at least a temporary win for environmental groups including the Atchafalaya Basinkeepers, Louisiana Crawfish Producer’s Assn., Gulf Restoration Network, Waterkeeper Alliance and Sierra Club Delta Chapter, who jointly filed suit against the pipeline on Jan. 11.

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SMSO gives rules for gun range use

The St. Martin Sheriff’s Office has released its procedures for the public use of the new SMSO shooting range.
Located at 1381 Francois Rd., off LA 96/ Catahoula Hwy between St. Martinville and Parks, the state-of-the-art range is considered the best in the region. It was officially opened in October of last year and is now available for public use at no cost.
Shooting lanes at the range will be made available every month on the first and third Saturday mornings and the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons.

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New parish vet – Dr. Brooke Mire Kaufmann (left) has joined the staffo of the St. Martin Parish Animal Shelter. The parish council approved her hiring at the request of shelter director Michelle Brignac, right. (Karl Jeter)

Shelter hires in-house vet

The St. Martin Parish animal shelter now has its own veterinarian. At the Feb. 6 meeting, the parish council approved shelter director Michelle Brignac’s request to hire Dr. Brooke Mire Kaufmann for the position.
Dr. Kaufmann and Brignac are both dedicated to making the facility the first governmental animal shelter in the state to eliminate the euthanasia of healthy animals. Parish President Guy Cormier said the appointment of an in-house veterinarian brings the shelter a step closer to achieving that goal.


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