The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday adopted a resolution to begin the process of applying with the state bond commission to issue up to 28 million dollars for road and drainage work in the parish . Bonding Attorney Eric Lafleur explained that the bonds will be repaid from the two cent sales tax that voters renewed last year for another ten year period. Bonding underwriter John Mayeaux reported that the sales tax will generate approximately $3.7 million dollars. He predicted that the interest rate will be about 4.25 percent. Lafleur expected that the bonds will be issued sometime in October.
Rebecca Shirley, executive director of the Acadiana Economic Development District and Katy Chaisson, senior business development director with Cleco. explained their services to members of the police jury. Both speakers praised Dr. William “Tojo” Ward for his leadership as vice chairman on the Acadiana Economic Development District. Chaisson told the jury that a company is currently looking at locating at a national certified industrial park which includes the Evangeline Parish Industrial Park.
In other action the police jury:
--accepted the retirement of Secretary Treasurer Doug Deville effective in September. The jury voted to begin advertising for applications for his replacement. A special meeting has been called for on August 21 at 5:00pm to appoint a new secretary-treasurer;
--proclaimed August 15 as a day to honor three Evangeline Parish high school boxers who have been inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame: Bobby Soileau, Larry Hollier and Terrona Guillory;
--received complaints from local residents about flooding problems at the Demourelle Subdivision;
--appointed Darrell McGee to replace Joe Vidrine on the Prairie Manor Gravity Drainage District #8 Board;
--was reminded that by Parish Engineer Ronnie Landreneau that the deadline to apply for a Community Development Block Grant is November 21;
--reappointed Kenneth Johnson to another five year term to the Ward Four Water District Board;
--reappointed Lynn Gooden and Nat Thomas to another two year term on the Evangeline Communications District Board.