Mayor presses jury on garbage truck leaks
By PAUL KEDINGER
Mayor Roland Boudreaux used a series of images of hydraulic leaks and fluids leaching out onto Rayne’s city streets to call on members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury to resolve the problems he traced to garbage trucks picking up garbage every Tuesday.
“We hoped to have this resolved,” Mayor Boudreaux said, “but it has never stopped.”
The pictures showed lines of hydraulic fluid and other liquids soaking into Rayne’s streets. One picture showed a wide swath of fluid that stretched over three blocks.
The mayor did report that workers from the parish’s solid waste landfill have used special powders to soak up the leakage.
“I get calls every week,” he told jurors from citizens voicing complaints.
He suggested Progressive Waste Solutions which is contracted with the Police Jury should be required to meet its obligations.
He also mentioned instances when garbage was not picked up within a 24-hour time limit stipulated in the parish contract.
Juror Dale Trahan asked the mayor to contact him with those instances with a promise to get the garbage picked up.
Juror A.J. “Fatty” Broussard pointed out the garbage collection contract imposes a $250 per day fine for failure to pick up trash within 24 hours.
Broussard acknowledged, “We have some problems” and that “things have to change.”
Timothy Taylor, operations manager, attempted to ask the jurors’ questions, but did not fully satisfy jurors’ concerns.
When pressed by Juror Broussard, Taylor agreed to attend the Solid Waste Committee’s meeting in July, with the prospect of attending future monthly sessions.
In other committee action, Juror Trahan suggested the Jury use its own equipment and workers to replace a collapsed slope on a road into the parish landfill.
“We’ll save money doing it ourselves,” argued Trahan rather than authorizing Mader Engineering, Inc. to acquire proposals to relocate the road.
Mader engineer Brett Bayard countered that landfill workers were not qualified to complete such tasks as soil compacting.
The slope failed due to the build up of too much moisture. That build up was traced to the inability of E.B Feucht & Sons to remove silt with a holding pond.
Committee members Julie Borill and Broussard moved to recommend the full Jury authorize Mader Engineering to secure new road proposals.
The committee also agreed that the $84,000 contract with Feucht be terminated due to the wet conditions.
Glenn Stokes of Mosquito Control Con tractors, Inc. (MCCI) reported that mosquito population was at its lowest during this year’s first five months. “However, these low numbers of mosquitoes may be coming to an end with the record amount of rainfall experienced in the last two years,” he remarked.
Stokes continued while there have been no positive West Nile virus indications, he has started a full range of surveillance techniques.
He pointed out MCCI’s ten spray trucks are available seven days a week and he is prepared to use aerial spraying, if necessary.
The Building and Grounds Committee agreed to recommend the Acadia Parish Rice Arena budget be adjusted to fund three major projects. Arena chairman Jeff Boullion listed $17,000 to move Cleco electrical lines, $50,000 to install a dirt pad, and $3,000 to dig a drainage ditch toward the Interstate.
The committee also recommended re-advertising to sell two metal modular buildings at the Acadia Parish Detention Center. No bids were received in the first round of advertising, so the sale will be placed in several newspapers.
The Road and Bridge Committee received two proposals from Road Manager Michael “PeeWee” Schexnider regarding the purchase of excavators manufactured by John Deere and Komat’Su instead of purchasing two gradalls.
Schexnider indicated such an excavator would cost around $100,000 compared to $300,000 for a gradall.
Juror Trahan commented, “We can buy one for the cost of (gradall) repairs.
The committee forwarded its recommendation to the full Jury, if there are adequate funds in the road department budget.
The Finance Committee agreed with Lee Hebert’s recommendation to reject the sole bid for the construction of saferooms and wind retrofit projects at the Rayne Civic Center, Church Point Community Center and Crowley Rice Festival Building.
Hebert pointed out three bids are required whenever it involves the use of federal funds.
The committee also recommended the acceptance of all annual bids for materials and supplies with the exception of lubricants.
Juror Robert Guidry, with Juror Trahan concurring, wondered if the lubricant bid for reconditioned oil must be a cause for the large amount of equipment repair costs. The two jurors suggested separate bids be taken for what they called “virgin oil.”