Shortly before the Lafourche Parish Council meeting Tuesday night, Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle presented a familiar name as the new interim parish administrator.
Cantrelle announced his appointment of project manager Tommy Lasseigne to the temporary job, stating, “Tommy has been reliable throughout my term as Lafourche Parish president and together, we have moved major projects forward.”
Cantrelle said this is the fourth appointment he’s given to Lasseigne.
Lasseigne served as the Human Resources and Finance director from January to October 2016 when he resigned the post. He then became a parish project manager.
Lasseigne was later appointed as interim parish administrator from February to June 2017 and again from February to August 2018, when he was removed by the Parish Council.
The need for another administrator arose after Tim Vedros resigned the position last month.
Last week, Cantrelle said he would consider making an interim appointment, but wasn’t sure who it would be. Applications for the permanent job closed July 3.
Neither Cantrelle nor the Parish Council addressed the nomination at Tuesday’s meeting.
Cantrelle did, however, get into a dispute with Golden Meadow Mayor Joey Bouziga over $100,000 that has been budgeted for the town’s seawall project.
Bouziga told the council that Cantrelle promised to issue him the money on several occasions but never followed through.
Cantrelle said he never made any definitive promises to the mayor and had parish Risk Manager Brent Abadie present a slide show about how much money the parish has given to the town over the past three years.
The parish officials said the parish has covered $155,000 in garbage services for the town and that the town’s police department issues “predatory speeding tickets” to drive up revenue.
Cantrelle asked Bouziga to present proof that the money was ever promised to the town before he would issue a check.
Councilman Daniel Lorraine said the previous council committed $100,000 to the town. The money was voted on again by the current council, he said.
“It should’ve been paid,” Lorraine said. “How many councils is it going to take to give these people their money?”
“In five months and 22 days, you’ll get your money,” Councilman Jerry Jones said, referring to the upcoming elections.
The council also approved budget amendments and contracts for three library system projects: the Thibodaux branch addition, multi-branch roofing and minor renovations projects and a system-wide upgrade to the library’s catalog software.
For the Thibodaux project, the council approved a $250,000 budget amendment due to higher contingency costs and awarded the construction contract to B.E.T. Construction, Inc. for roughly $2.6 million.
Members also approved a $100,000 budget amendment for the multi-branch project to cover the full bid cost of $557,200 awarded to Foret Contracting Group LLC.
That project includes small expansions at the Raceland and Gheens branches, removing some walls at the Choctaw, Raceland, Bayou Blue and Larose libraries to create more internal space and replacing the roofs at the Choctaw, Bayou Blue and Raceland branches.
The new project on the list is a system-wide upgrade to the library’s catalog system. Library Director Laura Sanders said the upgrade is necessary because the current system is barely operating after a software update. The estimated cost for that project is $135,000.
-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.
Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019
by By Julia Arenstam Daily Comet Staff Writer