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Work set to start on LA 347 roundabout

Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 6, construction will begin on a $2.5 million project to install a roundabout at the intersection of LA 347/Grand Point Hwy and Doyle Melancon in Breaux Bridge.
The work is estimated to take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.

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PARISH PRESIDENT Chester Cedars and the parish council have taken bold new steps to solve the related issues of nuisance properties and litter. (Karl Jeter)

New laws geared to make parish cleaner

–Two ordinances passed by St. Martin Parish government in recent months could make the parish a much cleaner place. Both address the overlapping problems of blighted properties and litter.
In a meeting with the Teche News, Parish President Chester Cedars outlined these council actions and the changes residents can expect.
The ordinance pertaining to nuisance and blighted properties involves the appointment of a “hearing officer.” When one is chosen, he or she will take most of the responsibility for enforcement of codes relating to such properties.

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ONE LANE CLOSED – For almost two years a stretch of LA 352/Henderson Levee Road just south of the Bayou Amy bridge has been restricted to one lane. Butte La Rose residents, commercial/recreational fishermen and tourists wait patiently at the signal light installed in July 2017 to access three boat landings and one dance hall along the levee and homes/camps in Butte La Rose. Elected officials and governmental agencies are trying to decide who is responsible for repairing several dirt slides along this section of state owned highway.(Sally Angelle)

Who will fix levee road?

Portions of the state-maintained LA 352/Henderson Levee Road have been restricted to one-lane traffic for the past two years and it is difficult to determine if and when it will return to normal.
The one-lane configuration went into effect following a series of dirt slides along the levee just below the asphalt roadway. In July 2017 the state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) declared an emergency lane closure and installed traffic signals that limit traffic in alternating directions.

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PLANNING ACCESSIBILITY– The volunteer South Main Park Planning Committee has worked for more than two years to ensure that Breaux Bridge’s South Main Park will be welcoming to special needs residents as well as the able-bodied. Committee members met at the Breaux Bridge library on Monday, June 18 to present an update. Present were (front row, from left) Barbara Gary, Heath Patin, Mauricia Ledet Walters and Reese Walters; and (back row) Randy Patin, Rachel Patin, Colt Patin, Andrea Matthews, Brenda Hobbs, Cindy Roberthon Guidry and Connie Guidry. (Karl Jeter)

Group pushing for special needs park

From its conception, the city’s planned Southside Park has been intended to provide recreational and social opportunities to special needs and limited mobility residents. For more than two years, a group of residents with a particular interest in that large, but neglected local population, has been involved in the park’s design.

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new mayor — As 16th Judicial District Court Judge Curtis Segur (back to camera) administers the oath of office to newly-elected St. Martinville Mayor Melinda “Mel” Mitchell, her proud father Dennis Narcisse (right) holds the Bible and husband Lawrence looks on. Mitchell is the first elected female mayor in the city’s 200 year history. A crowd of more than 200 braved the 95 degree heat to witness the ceremony on the Courthouse lawn on Saturday, June 29.(Karl Jeter)

New mayor’s first meeting draws crowd

Monday’s city council meeting was the first for newly installed Mayor Melinda Mitchell and it was standing room only at city hall. A light agenda and Mitchell’s easy-going nature made for a smooth christening of the new administration.
At the mayor’s request, the council approved a change of firms to conduct municipal audits. “I think it would be a good idea to have a fresh set of eyes looking at our finances,” she said. Kolder, Slaven and Co. LLC will take over the city audit contract, replacing Champagne and Co. LLC of Breaux Bridge.


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