Monday, January 14, 2013
Berwick will hire outside counsel to represent the town in litigation seeking payments from BP for economic damage during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Daily Review reports the resolution, approved by the Town Council this past week, allows the town to retain lawyers. They will notify BP under the Oil Pollution Act of claims to recover sales tax losses because of the spill. Town Attorney Allen McElroy said he has given the lawyers the town's sales tax records for 1994 through 2012 to analyze town losses during the spill, which began in April 2010 after the BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded off the southeast Louisiana coast.
The City Council has approved a resolution calling for an election in April in which voters would decide whether a lakefront taxing district could be activated to collect sales taxes. Mayor Randy Roach told the council the matter centers on a tax incremental financing, or TIF, district, in which sales tax collections are used to pay costs of some developments within the district. The American Press reports the Legislature authorized the TIF for the lakefront to help provide financial support for capital improvements to the district, where voters previously approved the concept of public-private development.
A LAWSUIT IS PENDING AGAINST THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT AFTER THE COUNCIL IN 2011 HALTED PLANS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WASTE TRANSFER STATION ON SUNBEAM LANE AFTER AN OUTCRY BY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THAT AREA. CONSTRUCTION HAD ALREADY BEGUN AT THE SITE AND WASTE FACILITIES OF LAFAYETTE AND PROGRESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS OF LOUISIANA FILED SUIT SEEKING DAMAGES. IN THE MEANTIME, THE OWNER OF A NEIGHBORING BUSINESS, STAR MEASUREMENT SALES AND SERVICE, BOUGHT THE PROPERTY TO ENSURE THE PROJECT IS DEAD. PROGESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS IS PLANNING TO BUILD ANOTHER GARBAGE TRANSFER STATION OFF OF I-TEN IN ACADIA PARISH, ACCORDING TO PERMIT FILINGS WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.
Louisiana's top school board is about to consider several changes in the state's new method for evaluating public school teachers. One of the changes includes making it easier for new teachers to land job security. The Advocate reports the issue is one of several high-profile topics to be discussed when the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets on Tuesday and Wednesday. The panel also will consider whether to revamp the role of counselors in high schools, get public input on funding levels of state aid for public schools and do its first, annual job review for state Superintendent of Education John White.
THERE WAS NO BREAK FROM THE WET WEATHER YESTERDAY AS NEARLY AN INCH OF RAIN FELL AT BOTH THE LAFAYETTE AND IBERIA AIRPORTS. A BARN IN BREAUX BRIDGE WAS DESTROYED AT ABOUT 12:30 P-M YESTERDAY. ST. MARTIN PARISH OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING WORD FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IF THE DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY A TORNADO OR STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. A TORNADO THURSDAY DAMAGED ABOUT THIRTY HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN THE BREAUX BRIDGE AREA.
NO RELIEF IS EXPECTED FROM THE RAIN TODAY AND TOMORROW WHICH COULD BRING PROBLEMS TO AREAS DEALING WITH FLOODING. ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN MAXINE TRAHAN TOLD THE ADVOCATE THAT THE WESTERN PART OF THE PARISH STARTING IN CROWLEY STILL HAS ISSUES WITH A LOT OF FAMILIES STUCK IN THEIR HOMES. SHE SAYS LAST NIGHT THERE WERE SOME REPORTS OF WATER CREEPING IN TO HOMES IN EUNICE, BUT THEY DON’T EXPECT THE FLOODING TO BE AS BAD AS LAST WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN EUNICE NEAR BAYOU DES CANNES (KAINS) DOWN TO THE MERMENTAU RIVER AND NEAR BAYOU PLAQUEMINE BRULE (BROO lay) FROM NORTH OF CROWLEY TO THE MERMENTAU.
THE ACCUMULATED RAIN IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA FROM THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS IS MAKING ITS WAY DOWN THE MERMENTAU RIVER AND COMPROMISING A MAJOR LEVEE NEAR DOWNTOWN LAKE ARTHUR. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
As rain followed rain in south Louisiana, the president of the Louisiana Crawfish Farmers Association saw a good chunk of his crop swim over the levees around his ponds while fish swam in to feast on those remaining. David Savoy of Church Point says rains since last week have overtopped the levees in about 35 percent of his 1,700 acres of ponds. But he says those are his most low-lying ponds, which also tend to be the most productive.