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New board members selected in East Side Water election

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Newly elected members of the East Side Water System Board of Directors Randel Brown (left) and Lee Ray Johnson (right) are pictured here with a piece of a pipe that was repaired using duct tape during the previous administration. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

By: TONY MARKS
Associate Editor

East Side Water System held another round of elections Monday night after a quorum of voters was not met for the election in September thus making it invalid.
Six people were on the ballot to fill three spots on the board of directors. Lee Ray Johnson with 204 votes defeated Steve Vidrine with 188 votes. Carroll Fontenot defeated John Vidrine by one vote at 197-196. Also on the ballot, Randel Brown earned 225 votes compared to Todd Deville’s 185.
“The people voted how they wanted, and I was reelected,” Brown said. “We did what the Court (of Appeal) ordered us to do, and I’m satisfied with the results.”
According to Brown, the board will hold two more elections next year in 2018. He said, “The Articles of Incorporation say that every year on the third Wednesday of February that we have the yearly meeting and election, and then in April we’ll have the court ordered (election) that we have to have redone.”
Carroll Fontenot and Neil Ardoin will be on the ballot in February, while Warren LaFleur and Warren Vidrine will be on the ballot in April.
The first order of business for the newly elected board members is to repair and replace work done under the previous board. According to Brown, “it was like if they couldn’t get the right parts, then they used duct tape. That’s the way they were going about getting it fixed, and that’s what caused has caused problems.”

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