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St. Martin Library System Director Charlar Brew addressed members of the Parish Council at their May 19 meeting, stressing the vital function libraries play in lower-income areas like St. Martin Parish. A proposed ballot initiative would redirect some library funding to other needs. (Karl Jeter)

Proposal would divert part of library millage

With just less than half of the 7.65-mill ad velorum property tax for the St. Martin Parish Library system expiring this year, a new proposal being considered by the St. Martin Parish Council would divert the expiring 3.65-mill portion to other specific needs.
In a special meeting held during the scheduled parish council committee meetings on May 19, a majority of the council approved a proposal to include the change in the millage renewal to appear on the Nov. 3 presidential election ballot.

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Parc Hardy to get new playground equipment

A 15-year-old set of playground equipment at the city’s flagship park, is to be replaced.
At the May 12 council meeting, Mayor Ricky Calais received approval to move forward with preparations to replace the larger of the Parc Hardy’s two sets of equipment. “That equipment has cracked plastic parts and other problems,” he said, “I don’t think it will be worth hiring a contractor to repair it any further at this point.”

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SM utility customers will have to pay up

Utility customers whose bills are in arrears will have to settle up or make arrangements by the end of May or face disconnections.
At the May 18 council meeting, members approved putting an end to the moratorium on disconnects instituted two months ago as the COVID-19 crisis developed. Delinquent account holders will now be expected to appeal directly to the city and set up a payment plan. Those who fail to pay or appear for a case-by-case review will have service disconnected and their account assessed the usual reconnect charge of $50.

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