Mosquito contract bitterly contested
By Paul Kedinger
LSN STAFF WRITER
CROWLEY – On a slim 4-3 vote, the Parish Police Jury Tuesday accepted a year-long mosquito control contract with
Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc, (CMMI), the firm hired over two months ago to provide control after the parish in-house program lost its director, assistant director and other workers.
Juror Cade Benoit moved to accept CMMI, but Jurors A.J. “Fatty” Broussard, Kermit Richard and John Quebodeaux noted that Vector Disease Control, Inc. was the only one of three bidders to list a total cost figure of $587,305.
Under questioning, Vector President Robert Loe said he would absorb the added cost if expenses exceeded his quoted price.
Juror Alton Stevenson finally called for the questions, ending debate. However, Juror Broussard said he wanted to ask more questions. Jury President A.J. “Jay” Credeur answered that debate was closed by the call for the question and eventually had to gravel Broussard to silence.
Voting against the CMMI contract were Jurors Quebodeaux, Richard and Broussard. Voting in favor were Jurors Moreau, Sonnier, Benoit, and Stevenson.
At that point Broussard promised he would speak up during the “comments for the public” segment.
However, when Broussard’s first question to CMMI President Glenn Stokes was if he had a felony conviction, jurors quickly clamped down on Broussard’s question, noting it was directed at Stoke’s character and public information law required an employee be notified by registered mail 24 hours prior to a meeting and given the option of having a closed or open session. That point was confirmed by attorney Doug Wimberly, who said such a question was only appropriate during a hiring interview.
In other action, jurors approved tax renewal elections on Oct. 4 for Fire Protection Districts No. 2 and No. 9.
The Jury also accepted the low bid of the Rayne Acadian-Tribune to serve as its legal journal for the coming year. Juror Broussard cast the sole negative vote.
Andy Patrick, director of the National Weather Service Bureau in Lake Charles announced Acadia Parish was a Storm Ready Community. He credited Emergency Preparedness Director Lee Hebert and his assistant Kim Boudreaux with contributing much to the certification.
Jurors accepted the blacktopping of Hidden Heritage Subdivision by H&S Construction, Inc. of Lafayette, under a self-assessment project as substantially completed.
Jurors accepted several recommendations of its Finance Committee, including:
• Instructing Road Manager to investigate the repair or trading of two tractors at LeGros Memorial Airport;
• Authorize advertising for a used motor grader; and
• Authorizing the jury president to enter into an agreement to obtain $180.000 in CDBG disaster recovery funds, as well as agreements for a drainage study at the airport and with the Office of Public Health to increase funds for WIC services.
Jurors imposed a 35 mph speed limit on Sally Road and a 45 mph speed limit on Beatrice road.
Board members were reappointed to the Fourth Ward Drainage District, Egan Drainage District and Bayou Plaquemine-Wikoff District.