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Chataignier council adopts ordinances giving pay raises

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By: TONY MARKS
Associate Editor

The Chataignier Village Council adopted ordinances for pay increases and adopted resolutions dealing with a proposed block grant and with millages for 2017 at its monthly meeting Monday night.
After a public hearing, Mayor Jackie Thomas called for a vote on the ordinances that were proposed at the council’s last meeting. The ordinances will increase the pay for mayor from $300.00 per month to $600.00, board of aldermen from $100.00 per month to $150.00, clerk from $900.00 per month to $1,300.00, village administrator from $600.00 per month to $900.00, and police officer from $245.00 per month to $400.00.
Ordinance 17-1 for compensation of mayor and Ordinance 17-4 for compensation of village administrator passed 2-1 with votes in favor from councilmen Joseph Semien and J. B. Brasseaux and with a vote against from councilwoman Debra Fontenot.
Ordinance 17-2 for compensation of board of aldermen, Ordinance 17-3 for compensation of municipal clerk, and Ordinance 17-5 for compensation of the police department passed with votes in favor from all three council members.
The council then passed a resolution to approve periodic drawdowns for reimbursement to be made for the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements. According to Mayor Thomas, “this is the resolution for the pay request for the water enrichment grant.”
Staying with the LCDBG sewer grant, Todd Deville addressed the council on behalf of J. Ronald Landreneau’s office. “The plans and specs (for the grant) have been submitted about six weeks ago to LCDBG and the health department,” he said. “We’re expecting approval from both agencies, and authorization to go to bids should come in before (the council’s) next meeting.”
Upon request of Deville, the council approved the advertisement of bids contingent upon the approval of LCDBG.
The council also adopted a resolution that levied a general alimony millage of 5.310 mills on the 2017 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the village.
Mayor Thomas in her mayor’s report reminded residents of the village to attend the Breast Cancer Walk and Gumbo Cookoff set for Sunday, October 29 from 1-5:00 p.m. at the walking park.
In other business, the council:
• adopted Rosa Lane into the village and announced it will enter into a cooperative agreement with the Evangeline Parish Police Jury to work on the road.
• and set Halloween hours for Tuesday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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