Repairs to the levee where portions of the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee is collapsing are currently underway between Butte La Rose and Catahoula.
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.
Lafayette General Health has expanded its community COVID-19 testing efforts to St. Martin Parish starting this week. Testing is open to Louisiana residents of all ages who wish to know if they have the novel coronavirus. This investment in enhanced community testing is a critical step towards a safe reopening.
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.”
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.