Police jury agrees to change speed limit on Maxie Rae Road

By: MICHAEL BORDELON

News Editor

The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, during its meeting Monday, April 13, discussed changing the speed limit on Maxie Rae Road at the request of citizens.

Jury President Bob Manuel said the jury received many requests to increase the speed limit on Maxie Rae Road, which is currently 35 miles per hour. He said the road, which is in Juror Bryan Vidrine’s district, was a good road that could handle faster traffic. Vidrine agreed, and suggested a change to 45 miles per hour.

Sheriff Eddie Soileau, who was in attendance, said he believed 45 miles per hour was a good speed of travel for that roadway and did not believe it would cause any problems. However, he asked the jury let his office know as soon as the change took effect so his deputies working the traffic division could begin enforcing the new speed limit.

Manuel said an ordinance would be drafted by the jury’s legal advisor and a public hearing would be called at a future police jury meeting. Once that is done, and the speed limit change is officially approved, it will go into effect immediately.

The jury also approved a bid for the courthouse lawn maintenance contract. Engineer Ronnie Landreneau recommended the jury approve the low bid proposed by Miller’s Lawn Service for $474 per month, which includes cutting the grass three times at the courthouse. Manuel said the bid resulted in $158 per cut. Juror Ryan Ardoin suggested the jury use Miller’s Lawn Service for three months on a trial basis to determine if the parish is satisfied with the work.

In other business, the jury:

•Appointed three individuals to the Citizens Corp. Guy Pucheu, Vince Deshotel and Pat Derouselle were appointed. Pucheu and Derouselle were appointed to temporarily replace two members who were on temporary leave and Deshotel was appointed as a new member.

•Approved a liquor permit for “The Back” located in Mamou.

•Approved changing the name of Division Road to National Avenue.

•Learned Sheriff Soileau’s new traffic program was going well. “I think it will work out,” Soileau said.

•Learned from Landreneau he was currently working on finalizing applications for grants to fund repairs of lift stations and the sewer system.

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