Street overlay program launching in St. James

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 24, 1999

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / August 24, 1999

VACHERIE – St. James Parish residents will soon see the launch of a$600,000 parishwide street overlay project, as announced at Wednesday’s meeting of the St. James Parish Council.Parish President Dale Hymel Jr. relayed that information during hisregular report to the council.

The Parish Council also approved an ordinance levying 1999 ad valorem taxes, which is a half-mill reduction from the previous year.

Also, the council established drug-free zone designations for the seven parish parks, in response to parish deputies who have observed illegal drug commerce there. The designation will allow deputies to add anadditional charge on suspects picked up in such zones.

In other business, a resolution accepting the bid of Louisiana Utilities Supply Co. for new waterline pipes and fire hydrants was approved. Hymelsaid $100,000 of new pipe will be installed along Louisiana Highway 3127 to improve fire protection in that vicinity and also to provide water for the new tourism center on Airline Highway.

Also, Charlene Williams was re-appointed to the Economic Development Board, and the council expressed condolences to the family of Joycelyn Luquette, a long time parish council employee.

Finally, Hymel praised the action of C.S. Metals, a plant under constructionnear Romeville, for throwing a free back-to-school barbecue for Romeville Elementary families on Aug. 14, providing refreshments and schoolsupplies.

Hymel noted that, in the light of Shintech’s experience in the Romeville area, C.S. Metals took a “proactive” approach to good neighbor relations.The plant, behind Occidental Chemical in Convent, is 25 percent complete.

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