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.

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.

Collette gets salary boosted to $52,800

At a special meeting held Monday evening, Henderson aldermen voted unanimously to increase Mayor Sherbin Collette’s salary by $4,800 per year.
The 10 percent hike will boost his annual pay from $48,000 to $52,800, effective July 1.
Collette and aldermen Wil White and Bill Legrand huddled behind closed doors before the official meeting opened. When Mayor Pro Tem Jody Meche arrived, he joined the group, along with town attorney Jerry Mallet, while Legrand exited.

IN LIMBO — The Breaux Bridge High football field has been ready for the installation of the shock pad and artificial turf for more than a month but a dispute over the pad specifications is holding up the field’s completion. Board officials are hoping the issue will be resolved by next week.(Henri C. Bienvenu)

Shock pad dispute delays BB gridiron

A special school board meeting Monday afternoon failed to resolve a holdup in the installation of artificial turf on the Breaux Bridge High football field.
A contract with Geo Surfaces of Baton Rouge, a firm that installed the St. Martinville Sr. High turf and dozens of other athletic fields, called for completion of the project by July 1. But a dispute over the shock pad that supports the artificial turf has the project bogged down.


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