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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Leeville deserves better

Leeville deserves better

In June of 2013, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Senate Bill 238 sponsored by State Senator Norby Chabert which created the Leeville Fishing Village and Cultural Preservation Commission.

One appointee each rests with Lafourche Parish District 9 Councilman (currently, Daniel Lorraine), Parish President (currently, Charlotte Randolph), State Senator District 20 (Chabert), State Representative (Jerry "Truck" Gisclair), and the Lieutenant Governor (Jay Dardenne).

Councilman Lorraine, Senator Chabert, Representative Gisclair and Lt Governor Dardenne have all appointed their representatives.

Sadly, two years after its inception, this Commission has yet to hold its first meeting.

Parish President Charlotte Randolph, despite numerous requests from duly appointed members of the Commission, has failed to appoint a representative of the parish to the Commission. Hence the Commission remains dormant.

Until such time as President Randolph chooses to make her appointment, the taxpaying citizens of Leeville are being deprived of an economic development tool that was hard fought for by Senator Chabert in the state legislature … two long years ago.

The five-person Leeville Fishing Village and Cultural Preservation Commission is granted latitude to solicit and expend money in developing programs approved by its members, including the authority to purchase and lease property.

This Commission is important for Leeville.

We urge President Randolph to appoint her representative to this Commission so that it can get on with its work. Leeville deserves better!

Janet Rhodus,
Executive Director
Launch Leeville
501(c)(3) Non-Profit