Mamou Council discusses centennial, extending nursing home’s lease

By: MICHAEL BORDELON

News Editor

MAMOU - The Mamou Town Council discussed its upcoming centennial celebration during its regular meeting Wednesday, April 9. Mayor Wilda Chamberlain was absent.

The council heard from organizer Johnny Fuselier, who suggested the council consider Memorial Day weekend, toward the end of May 2011, as the date for the celebration. He also provided the council with information and photos of possible locations to have the event. The most favored location being the lot near the caution light on Highway 13, where the “three little pigs” stand.

Councilman Scotty Christ said Fuselier was doing a good job getting the planning for the celebration off the ground.

The council also discussed a proposal from the Mamou Nursing Home, who asked the council to allow them to extend their contract for the nursing home facility to 10 years at an overall 10 percent increase. The purpose for this extension would be to allow the nursing home to make facility improvements, such as a new buffet area and laundry room. A representative from the nursing home said management wanted to know they would be at that location long term before these improvements were made.

The council agreed to have its attorney review whether it was possible to initiate the extension without an ordinance. If an ordinance is required, a special meeting would be called; otherwise, the council will approve the extension at its next regular meeting.

In other business, the council:

•Approved the installation of a box culvert at the corner of Fourth and Cypress streets, costing $23,000. The town, according to councilman Ricky Fontenot, received a grant of $31,500 to cover the cost of the culvert.

•Approved resolutions to oppose three bills that have been proposed at the state level. Two of these bills call for the state to collect all taxes and eliminate local tax collection offices, and the other bill will reduce the amount of money municipalities receive from fines for traffic violations.

•Created a committee to research the proposed jail facility. This committee includes Police Chief Greg Dupuis, Councilmem Scotty Christ and Ricky Fontenot, Marvin Lyons, Steve Tate and Phyllis Soileau.

•Informed resident Elvin Reed the council never met and agreed to renovate the civic center into a new jail facility. Reed said he has heard these rumors throughout town and wanted to clarify it with the council. Christ said no such meeting ever took place, and the renovation of the civic center was only very briefly considered early on in the discussions, but it was never a serious option.

•Heard from Fuselier about possibly asking DOTD (Department of Transportation and Development) to resurface Poinciana. Fuselier asked the council to write letters to DOTD inquiring as to how Poinciana could be resurfaced and how the town could help. He said the road is in horrible shape and needs immediate attention.

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