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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Lafourche council overrides president’s budget veto

Lafourche council overrides president’s budget veto

Money will be available for school bus stop covers to be added in three Thibodaux subdivisions for next year.

In the last regular meeting of the year, the Lafourche Parish Council voted unanimously Tuesday to override Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle’s veto of a 2020 budget amendment that allocated $60,000 to build the covers. Council members Luci Sposito and Craig Jacuzzo were absent.

In his veto letter, Cantrelle had questioned whether money from the parish’s building fund could be used for the project and also recommended for the council to consider working with the school system to pay for the covers.

Councilman Daniel Lorraine noted that money from the same fund was used to build covered smoking areas near a parish administration building, believing it should be allowed for the bus stop covers as well.

Councilman Jerry Jones, who introduced the veto, agreed.

“It don’t make no sense on that veto,” said Jones.

Those covers will be built in Marydale, Abby and Waverly areas. While those are the first three planned, Jones said he hopes to secure money for more.

He said the covered areas will have solar-powered lighting and shield the kids from the rain.

“Those kids are catching the bus in the dark and you have cars speeding down the road,” said Jones.

Councilman Jerry Lafont pulled his item, deciding to leave Cantrelle’s veto of a reduction in the parish risk manager’s salary alone. The amendment, introduced by Lafont, had called for a $36,522 decrease in the position’s pay and its legality was questioned by some council members and Cantrelle.

“I’m going to let the next administration take care of that,” said Lafont.

At the end of the meeting, the council members, some dressed up for the holiday season, said farewell to Lafont and, in her absence, Sposito, who will be replaced at the start of next year.

Lafont, joined by Jones, also gave Lorraine a framed proclamation honoring his 36 years of service on the council.


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Halle Parker can be reached at or 857-2204. Follow her on Twitter, @ _thehalparker.