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Other Parish Council action—Feb. 24

Other Parish Council action—Feb. 24

The Lafourche Parish Council met in Mathews Tuesday and took the following additional actions. All items were voted on unanimously, except where noted. John Arnold and Joe Fertitta were absent.

-- Received and discussed a proposal for services by South Central Planning on a regional effort to deal with new EPA Air Quality Standards for business and industry.

-- Went into Executive Session to discuss the job performance of the Council’s Legislative Internal Auditor.

-- Deferred an ordinance ratifying new by-laws for the Office of Community Action and giving it power to accept $250,000 of CSBG grant money from the state to operate its programs.

-- Rejected an ordinance calling for a Special Election in May 2015 for the purpose of renewing millages for the Lafourche Parish Public Library. The vote was 3-4 with Caillouet, Lorraine, and Delatte voting in favor. Jones, Lafont, Toups, and Gouaux voted nay.

-- Approved an ordinance setting the salaries of employees in the Head Start program.

-- Approved an ordinance adopting a new pay scale for pumpers. The vote was 6-1 with Lorraine dissenting.

-- Approved two resolutions asking the District Attorney to rule on private groups’ use of parish recreation facilities.

-- Approved a resolution accepting the low quote of Sealevel Construction, Inc., for $27,100, to demolish an existing bulkhead at the Morvant Pumping Station.

-- Approved a resolution requesting the EPA to delay implementation of proposed Ambient Air Quality Standards.

-- Approved a resolution identifying various attorneys who have expressed willingness to provide legal services for parish government when needed.

-- Approved seven resolutions giving various businesses in Lafourche Parish the opportunity to participate in the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program, thus giving those businesses certain tax breaks.

-- Approved a resolution amending the agreement between the parish and ES&H for emergency response and cleanup services, due to fluctuations in the Consumer Price Index.

-- Approved a resolution transferring $21,000 from the purchase of a truck to the purchase of an executive vehicle.

-- Approved a resolution to transfer ownership of $3,000,000 of newly constructed Affordable Rental Housing Units from parish government to Lafourche ARC for rental to the public.