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City budgets OKed Monday

In a brief council meeting before a nearly-empty chamber Monday afternoon, city officials adopted the amended budget for the fiscal year that ended at midnight, June 30 as well as the projected budget for FY 2019-20.
The budgets were adopted with three council members (Mike Fuselier, Juma Johnson and Edmond Joseph) absent and Mayor Melinda Mitchell providing the necessary quorum vote. Mayor protem Craig Prosper and Councilman Dennis Paul Williams cast the other two votes.

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DOLORES H. MILLS (center) holds a photo of her first cousin, Alex Savoie, while Charlar Brew (2nd from right) displays the book “Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times, Stories of Americans at War in the 20th Century,” documenting the stories of Fred E. Cormier and Savoie that was donated by Mills to the Cecilia library. Cormier’s daughter, Yvonne Cameron (from left) and widow, Alice, holding a photo tribute to husband Fred, attended the presentation to the library along with Cecilia branch manager Rachel Dugan.(Sally Angelle)

Book tells of local airman’s WW II service

Many men who fought in World War II returned home and never spoke about their experiences serving their country during war time. In 2001, as part of a writing class assignment, former educator Dolores Hernandez Mills interviewed Cecilia native TSGT. Fred E. Cormier, flight engineer/gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force’s 459th Bomb Group (B-24 Liberators), about his experiences as an airman and prisoner of war.

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Procedural snags delay Catahoula dredging project

Silting of slow-moving waterways is a long-standing problem in South Louisiana. It can limit usefulness of previously popular recreational areas, impede access to camps and restrict storm water flow.
One of the more extreme examples of excess silting in St. Martin Parish is Catahoula Lake.
As discussed at the June 18 parish council meeting at the Catahoula Multi-Purpose Building, the long-needed dredging of the lake is turning into a test of wills pitting parish government against state and federal regulatory authorities.

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Suit on hold – Fraternal Order of Police legal representative Rebecca Borel discussed pending legal action against the city on behalf of several officers who say they were unfairly maligned by Shedrick Berard, who allegedly accused them during the June 5 council meeting of lying on an accident report. (Karl Jeter)

Amended city budget shows small surplus

The city’s amended budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 was presented by auditor Burton Kolder and tentatively accepted by the city council at a June 24 meeting.
The budget shows an operating surplus of $56,000 on total income of $10,096,790 with expenses of $10,958,963, leaving an operating deficit of $856,000.
But the deficit was reconciled with capital lease and depreciation offsets resulting in the small surplus.

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Coping with change – The St. Martin Parish Council committee meeting, held at the Catahoula Multi-Purpose Center tlast week, devoted much time to clarifying misunderstandings resulting from the trash collection changes now underway. Pelican Waste Removal will replace Waste Management on July 1 under the five-year contract awarded last month.(Karl Jeter)

Parish trying to untangle garbage change confusion

St. Martin Parish Government has its hands full dealing with irate calls and misunderstandings about the pending trash collection changes.
At the Parish Council’s committee meetings, held this month at the Catahoula Multi-purpose center last week, Parish President Chester Cedars and council members took steps to lay some of the issues to rest.


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