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Pepper Capital bill hits snag

While a bill to designate St. Martinville as the “Pepper Capital of the World” sailed through the House of Representatives during the recent session of the Louisiana Legislature, it never made it to the Senate floor.
State Sen. Fred Mills said there was some concern from Iberia Parish interests and the McIlhenny Co. over such a designation for St. Martinville.
The McIlhenny Co., producer of the world famous Tabasco Hot Sauce, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and is a major tourist draw in Iberia Parish.

Nelson recognized – Outgoing St. Martinvile Mayor Thomas Nelson (center) was honored at the June 5 St. Martin Parish Council meeting with a plaque and verbal tribute. With him are Parish President Chester Cedars and Nelson’s daughter, Lisa, who holds her father’s Dist. 2 on the parish council.(Karl Jeter)

Nelson honored for 38 years of service

The St. Martin Parish Council has recognized outgoing St. Martinville Mayor Thomas Nelson for nearly four decades of service to the parish and city.
At the June 5 parish council meeting, President Chester Cedars presented Nelson, who leaves office on June 30, with a plaque honoring his efforts and dedication to public service. Nelson lost the April 28 mayoral run-off election to Melinda Mitchell.

Parish vehicles may be equipped with GPS

St. Martin Parish is considering installing GPS tracking devices in all parish-owned vehicles and equipment. Parish President Chester Cedars outlined the results of his search for the best vendor of the devices and monitoring service at the June 5 council meeting.
Many Acadiana parishes and municipalities have installed such systems to track government property. Aside from the ability to monitor the current location and movement history of vehicles for accountability reasons, the system could allow more efficient deployment of these assets.

Popular car show outgrows venue

So many entrants have already signed up for the Kiwanis Club’s planned August car show that it has to be moved to Magnolia Park.
At the June 4 city council meeting, Kiwanis representative Michelle Broussard was given permission for the move. The council approved the use of the park and the closing of the boat ramp for several hours during the show, scheduled for August 25.

Parks water generating complaints

Village water system customers have posted on Facebook and contacted the news media to bring attention to water clarity issues, but Mayor Kevin Katley told the Teche News they would get better results by contacting the water company.
“We have a large system that has generally been neglected for 40 to 60 years,” he said Tuesday. “We pass every monthly test for quality. We have installed 20 automatic flush valves and will add more as time goes on.”

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