Council sells Amelia Street


Managing Editor

The Rayne City Council Monday night agreed to sell the western 379 feet by 50 foot section of Amelia Street to the Rayne Guest Home.

The action was approved in order for the nursing home to access three tracts of land purchased north of the street which dead-ends at the nursing home, reportedly for expansion plans.

The purchase price was set at $33,425.

The Council also set the millage rates for the corporation tax at 7.10 mills and the youth recreation tax at 5 mills.

The Council and Mayor Jim Petitjean welcomed young members of the Frog Capital Boxing Club who achieved seven championships and two runner-up titles at the National Boxing Tournament held June 1-5 in Memphis, Tenn.

Coach Charles Trahan proudly pointed out each of the nine boxers who traveled to Tennessee either won national championship or finished as runners-up.

“They certainly know where Rayne, Louisiana is,” boasted Trahan, noting the boxing club represented the city and did not compete under its organizational title.

Mayor Petitjean complimented the young boxers for so well representing the city.

In order to compete at the Junior Golden Gloves competition in Las Vegas, Nev., on July 21-24, the Council approved a street drive for the boxing club on July 9 and 10.

The Council also approved a street drive permit for A&O 21st Century Club on July 30-31 in order to support its back-to-school drive.

Council members reappointed Donald P. LeJeune to a three-year term on the Rayne Municipal Police Civil Service Board.

The Council appointed the city’s two weekly newspapers to six month terms at the city’s legal journal through June 30, 2011.

Mayor Petitjean was authorized to execute an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Phase III of the Adams Avenue sidewalk and beautification project.

The project, estimated to cost $542,000 with the city’s share at $130,000, will enhance the area between West Edwards Street and Harrop Street.

Engineer Tim Mader reported design work is currently under way for Phase II from South First Street to the BNSF railroad tracks. The project may be completed by the second or third quarter of 2012.

The owner of property at 1006 Louisa Ave. was given 90 days to demolish a building behind the house and removed a tree stump and trash.

The Council held off on a demolition order for a trailer located at 509 N. Bradford is at the center of a dispute between the trailer owner and the property owner.

Mayor Petitjean reported the city is replacing the flooring at the Southside Community Center and the Martin Luther King Center.

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