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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Council meeting deemed 'Calm before the storm'

Council meeting deemed 'Calm before the storm'

The Lafourche Parish Council met at its first November public meeting Tuesday night and uncharacteristically finished in about half the time it normally uses to conduct business.

In 2 hours and 25 minutes, even with a 20-minute executive session time-out, the Council ran through its agenda without any of its typical head-butting.

Councilman Daniel Lorraine called it “the calm before the storm”, referring to the upcoming ratification of the proposed 2013 parish budget.

The proposed $61 million budget has been reviewed twice this week and will have its third and final questioning on November 27. 

There have been no comments from the public at either review, except for the Commission for Women, who asked the council to continue to fund their $10,000 in 2013.

The “storm” which Lorraine referred to is the undoubtedly extensive debate that will occur as amendments are proposed to the budget. 

In important action Tuesday night, Councilman Lindell Toups pulled his proposed ordinance to ask the voters of Lafourche to rededicate taxes to fund a new jail.

Also, Resolution 12-315, which sought to advertise for a Legislative Internal Auditor Clerk, was rescinded by a unanimous vote.  

On advice from District Attorney Cam Morvant, which states that the resolution as it stands is for “hiring a clerk to perform duties that he or she is not legally able to perform”, the Council voted 8-0 to rescind.  John Arnold was absent.

The Council also voted unanimously to seek a $35,000 grant from FEMA to create a smart phone application to “support community resiliency immediately after a natural or man-made disaster”. 

The Parish will partner with the Greater Lafourche Port Commission to complete the project and no financial match is required.

A resolution to support the administration’s 2013-2014 Capital Outlay Appropriation Requests to the State of Louisiana passed unanimously.

The list of projects in the request include:  LA-1 Elevated Highway, Lockport to Larose Levee Project East – Phase I, South Lafourche Airport Corridor Project, New Lafourche Parish Jail, Handicap Fishing Pier at Leeville Boat Launch, and Larose Boat Launch.

And, in general discussion, Daniel Lorraine asked the administration to consider using some of the Home Mortgage Authority’s $1.6 million fund balance to pay for repairs to the Lockport pool. Repairs will cost about $50,000, said Lorraine, and a stipulation of the Authority’s give-back of its funds to the parish was to ask that a portion be spent on recreation. 

“It’s a good idea, and I ask the administration to consider it,” he said.