Zaunbrecher Road residents will be invited to trade annexation for road improvements

By: PAUL KEDINGER
Residents along the unincorporated area of Zaunbrecher Road may soon expect a letter from Rayne city officials, regarding their willingness to be annexed to Rayne in exchange for the city accepting the roadway into the city street system under an exchange program with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Under the DOTD program, the state would resurface Hwy 3076 (American Legion Drive and Zaunbrecher Road) if the city agrees to assume maintenance and ownership.

During Monday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Petitjean reported he was considering a meeting with residents to determine their desire to travel a overlaid road in exchange for annexation.

Annexation would be required, said the mayor, to ensure the city would be maintaining the road within its city limits.

Other land and street exchanges were considered by the City Council.

The Council approved the sale of Amelia Street to the Rayne Guest Home for an appraised value of $33,425. The nursing home, the mayor reported, recently purchased three tracts of land on the north side of Amelia Street.

The Council also approved the purchase of two lots from Frankie David Mach and Mary St. Germaine Mach, and Shelby Richard and Darrelynn Foreman Richard in order to assure access to an electrical substation on Hwy 90 (406 Terry St.). The purchase price was $9,700.

In other action Council members reappointed Jimmy Fontenot to the Rayne Housing Authority Board for a five-year term and reappointed Delfred Alleman to the Municipal Employee Civil Service Board for a five-year term.

The Council members unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the location of a VA hospital in the Lafayette area.

The board also acted on five demolition projects:

* The owner of a lot at 613 S. Bradford was given 10 days to cut the grass and 30 days to clear trash and spread several dirt ounds. Council-at-large Paul Molbert asked City Attorney Larry Richard to research the city ordinance regarding when the city is authorized to contract to grass-cutting, etc. and place a lien on the property.

* The owners of a house a 300 Chapuis were given 90 days to sell and fix or demolish the house.

* Adjoining houses at 407 and 409 North Eastern were ordered demolished within 30 days.

*The owner of 912 Malvern was given 30 days to finish cleaning trailer debris from the lot.

Among items City Engineer Tim Mader reviewed for the Council, he reported the city has been granted $30,000 in state funds for sidewalk and drainage improvements.

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