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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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NLLD chooses to change meeting place again

NLLD chooses to change meeting place again

The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District (NLLD) has again decided to hold future public meetings at a different venue, hopeful of increasing attendance at the board’s monthly public meetings.

Traditionally, NLLD has held its public meetings at its Jackson Street office in Thibodaux with very limited public attendance.

The July meeting last Wednesday saw only one member of the public present.

At the request of many, including Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux, NLLD did hold its August 2012 meeting at the Lafourche Parish Government Building in Mathews. 

Only two people other than engineers and project managers showed up.

According to NLLD board member Cory Kief, in a recent conversation with Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete, the mayor asked NLLD to consider using the city’s council chambers to host upcoming meetings.

“There was mention of our limited accommodations here (Jackson St.), such as seating and parking,” said Kief of the mayor’s request.

Kief presented a motion to hold the next three meetings at the city’s council chambers.  The vote was 6-1 in favor of the move.

Board Member George Broussard, the dissenting vote, voiced his concern over changing sites.

“I am perfectly happy meeting here.  I don’t see the advantage to going to the Thibodaux Council Chambers,” he stated.

Kief said the reason he asked for three months is because the one-month trial in Mathews in 2012 caused confusion. 

“People went to Jackson Street instead of Mathews and the following month went to Mathews when NLLD had gone back to Jackson Street,” he said.

“If they miss the meeting place in August, they just need to go around the corner,” he said, referring to the short distance from Jackson to 2nd Street in Thibodaux.

Kief promised that at the next NLLD Legal/Development Committee meeting, he will discuss the board’s acquiring land on which to build its own offices. 

“My push ultimately is to have our own place,” he said.