Workers last week finally began installing the new artificial turf on the Breaux Bridge High School football field and appeared to be just past the halfway mark when this picture was taken on Aug. 31. School officials are hopeful the long delayed project will be completed in time for the Tigers’ first home game on Friday, Sept. 14 against Kinder.(Henri C. BIenvenu)
After more than eight years of planning, engineering studies, permitting and funding work, St. Martin Parish government does not intend to be prevented from building a flood wall to protect the Bayou Estates subdivision in Lower St. Martin Parish.
Engineer Mo Selah, of Professional Engineering and Environmental Consultants Inc. has led the multi-year evaluation and planning process to find a solution. He presented a description of the result at the Aug. 20 Parish Council Administrative/Finance Committee meeting.
Mayor Melinda Mitchell plans to host a “Par-Tea!” at the Duchamp Opera House, 200 S. Main St. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m.
The event is for girls ages 6 through 17 and their mothers. “I want to motivate girls and young women,” Mitchell said, “I want them to accept that they are special, that they are somebody, and that they are royalty.”
Increasingly cramped working conditions in office and administrative spaces has parish government looking for ways to expand facilities.
At the Aug. 20 council meeting, Parish President Chester Cedars said that the cheapest and best solution may be to enlarge the existing building at 301 W. Port St. Other solutions are still being contemplated but, Cedars said, cost considerations and the advantages of keeping parish functions under one roof appear to favor adding to the existing building.
The Village of Parks will soon get the new village hall building officials have worked toward for many years.
At its Aug.15 meeting, the village council approved architect Glenn Angelle’s recommendation to award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, JC Construction LLC of Broussard. Angelle told the council the base bid amount, $892,000, is lower than the initially projected cost.