City Council sets tax rate

LITTER LEADERS of Martin Petitjean Elementary were recognized by Mayor Roland Boudreaux during Monday night’s Council meeting for their efforts on behalf of the Cleanest City contest. Club founder Bryson Meche, president, left, won Principal Kim Cummins’ approval to form a Litter Leader club of third graders to pick up trash on the school grounds. He was joined by Samauna Paddio, club vice president, center, and Jaedance Wood, a club member. Mayor Boudreaux announced the Cleanest City artwork of MPE students would be featured in the city’s 2015 calendar.

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The Rayne City Council met in the lobby of city hall due to continuing repairs following water damage suffered over the Easter weekend and  worked through a varied agenda Monday night, including adopting the same tax millage rates and discussing a name change for a one-way street.
The tax rates remain at 7.10 mills for general alimony and 5 mills for parks and recreation.
Resident Larry Guidry noted that  there are two North Adams Avenue streets in the city, one which changes from The Boulevard at the s-curve and a short one-way street at the s-curve toward Jefferson Davis Avenue. He suggest the short one-way street be renamed Kennedy Lane in honor of the late Clovis A. Kennedy, Sr. The name change will be considered at the July Council meeting.
Special guests of Mayor Boudreaux were three representatives of the Martin Petitjean Elementary Litter Leaders Club.
He commended the third graders and the club’s organizing founder, Bryson Meche, for their contributions to the city winning the state Cleanest City title. The club set a goal of picking up trash on the school grounds.
The mayor noted the MPE students cleanest city artwork would be featured in the next city calendar.
In other action, the Council accepted the resignation by Edna R. Alston from the City Planning Commission due to her recently moving to Lafayette.
The Council repeated its opposition to the closing of the Parkerson Street railroad crossing with Mayor Boudreaux reporting a traffic study is being done to counteract efforts to close the crossing.
Laurie Suire, interim director of the OneAcadia, reviewed the goals of the parishwide business alliance and invited the city’s leaders to attend an informational social on June 19 in the Green Room.
Mayor Boudreaux reported over 120 children enjoyed the city-sponsored fishing derby Saturday, June 7. He thanked the Sportsman League and the Rayne Lions for their assistance.
He also announced the city has purchased a new backhoe for the Public Works Department for $56,000 plus the trade-in.
Firework hours for the July 4th holiday were announced as July 1-5 until 9 p.m. each night.
A street drive permit was granted to the Rayne branch of the National Association of University Women to raise scholarship funds. The drive will be conducted Saturday, July 19, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Rayne Acadian-Tribune was appointed the city’s legal journal for the coming fiscal year.
The Council authorized Mader Engineering to prepare and submit an application for the fourth funding phase of a street enhancement on Adams Avenue.

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