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Council addresses several issues at Tuesday’s meeting

Council addresses several issues at Tuesday’s meeting

The Lafourche Parish Council met Tuesday night to consider a full agenda of measures. Absent were Councilman Joe Fertitta and Parish President Charlotte Randolph.

Of particular importance were ordinances requesting “No Dumping - $500 Fine” signs to be posted at five parish boat launches.

Councilman Michael Delatte had proposed these ordinances to try to eliminate the dumping of trash at the Thibodaux, Bill Taylor, Sanchez, Larousse, and Theriot launches in northern Lafourche.

Dumpsters had been placed at public launches in the past but were removed because of the types of garbage and debris that was overflowing from them.

According to Delatte, the launches continue to be “dump sites” even after all containers were removed.
Councilmen Phillip Gouaux and Lindell Toups spoke in favor of one ordinance for all launches and Delatte finally agreed.

An amendment to include “all parish-owned or leased boat launches” passed unanimously.

In other action, the Council voted in favor of delaying indefinitely any action on an ordinance which would prohibit the sale of alcohol within 300 feet of a public playground, park, boat launch or other recreational facility which is used by the public free of charge.

The ordinance sparked debate as it appeared to possibly block the development of a store near a proposed recreational area in Thibodaux.

Councilman Jerry Lafont argued that passage of the ordinance would inhibit business development. “If we allow this to go through, we are setting a precedent,” said Lafont.

Lafont’s request to pull the ordinance passed by 7-1 vote. Councilman Aaron Caillouet voted nay.

A proposed ordinance calling for a special parishwide election on December 6, 2014 for renewal of several property tax millages that fund public health units, recreation, public buildings and drainage in the parish was also considered Tuesday. The proposal will be voted on at the next public meeting.

If December election results are favorable, these millages would continue for 10 more years, beginning in 2015.
The Council also voted unanimously in favor of resolutions to accept bids for demolition of two condemned structures in the Tenth Ward, one in Leeville and another in Golden Meadow. Getting rid of these buildings will cost the parish $12,199.

A resolution for a change order to increase the contract price for road improvements in Road Sales Tax District “A” passed favorably. Approximately $169,061 and 14 calendar days will be added to the $3.4 million project to repair and improve several roads in the northern part of the parish.

The Council reappointed commissioners Billy Earl Ledet to the Lafourche Parish Fire District #3 board and Rickey Cheramie to the South Lafourche Beachfront Development District.

The Council also passed a resolution accepting a quote in the amount of $21,759 to purchase and install roll down shutters over doors and windows in the Mathews Government Complex.

Finally, under unanimous agenda, the Council agreed to a resolution to seek “requests for proposals” (RFP) from Louisiana companies for the Solid Waste contract.

The council had previously convened a Solid Waste Contract Review Committee to look at the present $500,000 waste contract with Progressive Waste Management and make recommendations to the full council on performance, future millages, and other items pertaining to garbage pickup in the parish.