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Council appoints new permits director

Council appoints new permits director

Lafourche Parish Permit Department Inspector Tony Breaux has been named the new Plans and Permits Director for Lafourche Parish.

At Tuesday’s Parish Council public meeting in Mathews, Breaux was unanimously approved by Council resolution to head the department which has not had a director in over four years.

The department’s previous manager, Frank Morris, who councilmen tried twice to remove, resigned suddenly in 2011. Former Parish President Charlotte Randolph never recommended a new director.

Breaux has worked as an Inspector for the parish for over a year, for both residential and commercial sites within Lafourche Parish.

A lifelong resident of Gheens, Breaux worked for his father building houses before becoming a contractor himself.

“I worked in construction my whole life. I have about 27 years experience doing residential construction. My dad built houses. I got into it,” he said.

After two back surgeries, Breaux said he went to work for South Central Planning, and was one of SCP’s first inspectors.

“I worked for South Central for 8½ years. I know most of the residential contractors, I know contractors at Fourchon, and a lot of commercial contractors in Houma,” he said.

In 2014, he was hired as an Inspector in Lafourche Parish’s permit department. He is certified to inspect both residential and commercial sites.

Following the wishes of Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle, Breaux said that changes have already been made to the permit department.

The satellite permit office in Thibodaux is opened two days a week, handling both permits and culvert applications. The Galliano site, located at the Public Library, delayed somewhat by need for trained personnel and equipment to run the office, will open in about two weeks, he said.

“In another month, we will offer online services. If a contractor wants to stay in his office, he can do everything from his computer,” he continued.

Breaux promised that because of these improvements to the process, fewer trips to permit offices will be required by applicants in the future.

“We are getting a lot of compliments on being quicker. There is less waiting, people are treated with a smile.

Anything we can do to try to save a trip here (Mathews) we will try to do in Thibodaux and Galliano,” said Breaux.

The Council also approved a resolution to fund the Director’s yearly salary of $75,000.