Good water on tap in Arnaudville now

By Marie Dawson

ARNAUDVILLE – Residents should soon be noticing an improvement in water quality, city engineer Scott Boagni told the Town Council at its January meeting.

He said the company hired to work with the city on extensive water projects has done a very good job and that he was pleased with the construction.

The Bayou Fuselier area suffered pressure loss during the period when crews were flushing the system, said Eugene Quebedeaux, head of the Utilities Department. The department had to stop the process, he said.

Quebedeaux said eventually the town will need a storage tank or tower to prevent this problem.

Councilman Ricky LaGrange asked if all the hydrants in the system were in working order. Quebedeaux acknowledged that some of the older, shorter hydrants were still leaking small amounts. Councilman Todd Meche suggested that the older hydrants be replaced in the coming year, but Boagni said the cost to replace the aging hydrants could be as high as $8,000 apiece. Quebedeaux said it would be far cheaper to have new parts made for these hydrants, for which replacement parts are no longer available.

In other business before the council:

•Chief of Police Richard Mizzi said that in the past month, there had only been two arrests and seven citations.

Mizzi asked that William Proctor be promoted immediately to patrolman first class at an hourly wage of $10.71 per hour. This was passed unanimously. Also accepted was the resignation of Chaz Towe from the Arnaudville PD. Ronnie Janice was promoted to lieutenant, effective immediately, at an hourly wage will be $11.44. This was passed unanimously.

•Sheila Gresko rose to request permission for children to raise money at the stoplight in Arnaudville. The request was made to raise funds for a local Catholic youth organization to attend the Steubenville Conference in Alexandria in June. Mayor Kathy Richard stated that the Town Council had decided several weeks ago not to allow the solicitation of funds on public roadways because of the danger it presents to youngsters.

Councilman Meche noted that there are other opportunities for the kids to raise money, including soliciting donations at the baseball park and during the upcoming “Seven Mile Garage Sale” on March 21. Lorna Mills also suggested that Gresko contact the local VFW Post for fund-raising opportunities at the weekly bingo games held at the post.

•There was a request from the audience for an update on the progress of the community center. Arnaudville was awarded a grant of $800,000 for the purpose last year. The mayor explained that the town is awaiting appraisals of two pieces of property under consideration. The two plots under consideration are near the post office and across from St. Francis Regis Church.

•Councilman Doc Broussard asked about removal of a sign that suffered hurricane damage and is now obstructing the view of motorists at the former Harry’s Deli location. The mayor said that all parties had been notified and that she expected progress shortly in removal of the offending structure.

•Mayor Richard also mentioned that the survey of the fences in the area near Camp Street was continuing. In response to a question about the status of road repairs on Highway 31, the mayor replied that like many other communities and areas in St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes, Arnaudville was on a waiting list at the state Department of Transportation and Development.

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