Baja St. Martin

Received first an e-mail and then talked on the phone with Merlin Price Jr. of Stephensville. He’s not happy with the state of the ditches in Stephensville. They don’t get cleaned out, he says, and he is generally just displeased with the lack of attention Stephensville gets as far as public services. I told him things used to be lots worse, which wasn’t much consolation but it’s true.

I really do feel Lower St. Martin is given more attention these past few years than ever before, with the commodities distribution, sheriff’s substation, occasional events for seniors, sewage, water, cable, sandbags, mosquito spraying, etc. But there can always be more. We are gradually achieving more voting power – at least enough to be considered in an election – and I believe that power will definitely increase with the building that’s taking place. We all do need, however, to take pride in our area and be responsible for our own environment, to be informed and to speak up, not just to complain.

The mosquito sprayer passed – a blessing. These mosquitoes are ferocious! The levee was just mowed. Belle River is ever so slightly losing its black tinge and doesn’t smell as bad. The river level is dropping also, but not fast.

I called the sheriff’s substation to find out why people are piling their storm debris on the levee and was told it was OK for now as long as it didn’t block a drainage ditch and was close enough to the road for easy pickup. My pile is at the edge of my own yard since I didn’t think the levee could be used. I imagine the state and parish have a huge job picking up all the stuff but I hope it doesn’t take too, too long to reach here.

One of the ladies running for Justice of the Peace in Ward 6, Lana Luke, stopped by the other day. Ward 6 includes Stephensville, Four-mile Bayou and Belle River. She is engaged to a grandson of a Belle River couple, Lewis and Linda Aucoin.

Recreation Board No. 1 met last Thursday and a joyous meeting it was. After so many years of seemingly futile meetings, something is at last happening. A wonderful asset to the project is Mr. Linwood Guillot of Pierre Part, a Shaw employee, who will oversee work on both the Stephensville and Belle River sites.

As we met, Jeremy Landry of LA Contractors was next door working on the Stephensville site and, wonder of wonders, B&T Environmental of Plaquemine will be starting work at the Belle River site within a week. (Look for the sign beside the road by mile marker 14) B&T will make a levee around the area, pump out the water (which might never get low enough for trucks otherwise) and then begin hauling in dirt. They will have to cut trees, but hopefully not too many. I can hardly wait to drive by and see something happening. I’ll be sure to take pictures.

The Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via e-mail at

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