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STANDING ROOM ONLY — St. Martinville residents and others filled the council meeting room during this past Monday’s regular biweekly session.(Henri C. Bienvenu)

Agenda issue sparks heated discussion

The unilateral decision by Mayor Melinda Mitchell to remove an item from the Aug. 20 St. Martinville City Council meeting agenda brought a tense exchange between the mayor and council members.
Dist. 2 representative Craig Prosper was upset that the mayor removed an agenda item concerning a delay in advertising for bids from wholesale electricity providers. Mitchell had sought a delay in publishing the first of three required advertisements for bids to better familiarize herself with the contract options.

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BSA ‘Swamp Base’ will be big boost for parish

Ben Pierce, executive director of the Swamp Base project for the Boy Scouts of America’s Evangeline Area Council, attended the Aug. 13 meeting of the Henderson Town Council, briefing officials on the project.
Pierce presented a detailed update on the Scouts’ ambitious plans for their recently-acquired 62-acre property along the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee previously occupied by MeGee’s Landing. The Swamp Base will eventually feature a multi-story complex that will include a 200-seat restaurant and beds for 250 scouts and non-scout visitors.

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UL will conduct mulch research at Cade facility

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be allowed to conduct a four-month mulching experiment on a portion of the university’s St. Martin Parish farm.
UL Director of Sustainability Gretchen Vanicor appeared at the Aug. 6 meeting of the St. Martin Parish Council seeking the council’s approval to proceed with the study. Vanicor told the Teche News that the study will demonstrate environmentally friendly methods of dealing with campus waste.

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LA 31/Main Hwy resurfacing is running into problems, as the asphalt mix as well as cross section sloping has been called into question by DOTD inspectors. This is the equipment and materials staging area near the St. Martin Public Safety Complex, an area where problems have been encountered.(Mary L Terry)

Delay for overlay

Big problems are afoot for the overlay project on LA 31/Main Hwy. Newly-laid asphalt is buckling and cracking, and the issues involved go further than that.
It’s a well-known fact that road surfaces don’t last long on south Louisiana soil. Asphalt overlays like the one underway on La31/Main Hwy between Parks and Ruth often have to be done twice as frequently here as in other areas.


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