Special Arnaudville Town Council meeting set for March

By Marie Dawson

ARNAUDVILLE – It was announced at the February meeting of the Town Council that 30 minutes prior to the March regular meeting there will be a special meeting to vote on amending the town budget to account for $76,000 in improvements to the water system.

Both Utility Department supervisor Eugene Quebedeaux and the town’s engineer, Scott Boagni, commented favorably on the work done by Stelly Construction and they urged that the company’s invoices paid as soon as possible.

The next regularly scheduled town council meeting is Tuesday, March 17. The special meeting to amend the budget will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the regular meeting following at 6 p.m.

Postponed until the March meeting was discussion of a complaint leveled by a citizen, Laura Isaac, about what she described as the “lack of professionalism” of the Arnaudville Police Department. There were murmurs in the audience about the zeal with which a new police officer has been writing speeding tickets.

Police Chief Richard Mizzi was absent due to professional commitments elsewhere. Mayor Kathy Richard said the chief would not be at the March 17 meeting either because of a conflict with ongoing police training.

Other issues brought forth from the audience included an inquiry as to the status of the proposed civic center. The mayor said that a second appraisal of the potential plots of land are due in her office by the end of the month.

Another question was about the review of the town ordinances ongoing for almost a year. The mayor said that half of the review was finished and in the hands of the aldermen for their perusal and that the remaining half of the review should be completed by the next meeting.

And someone wanted to know when the damaged sign at the corner of Guidroz and Main Street is going to be removed. It was mentioned at last month’s meeting by Alderman “Doc” Broussard that the sign was obscuring the cross-street traffic. Mayor Richard said letters and phone calls had been made to the owner of the former Harry’s Bar and so far, there had been no response. If the situation continues, certified letters will be sent to the owner, she said.

In monthly reports, supervisor Quebedeaux said there had been 27 Louisiana One Call calls and 64 work orders. Richard, reporting for Mizzi, said there had been 48 complaints, 11 arrests and 24 citations issued during the previous month. Parks and Recreation head Zelma Jackson was also absent and no report was presented.

Mayor Richard announced the passing of two of Arnaudville’s citizens, James Bonin, a WWII veteran and survivor of the Bataan Death March, and Harry Arnaud, a farmer who served in the Army as a Ranger during the Korean Conflict. The mayor offered her condolences and asked for prayers for these two individuals.

Among other brief announcements was a reminder that the next semi-annual “Seven Mile Garage Sale” is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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