On the agenda Tuesday evening for the Lafayette City-Parish Council will be a vote on whether to authorize a March 27, 2010 election to renew a property tax millage funding the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District, a little-known, six-member government body created in 1969 to ensure a fresh water supply in Bayou Teche and the Vermilion River. The agency comprises members appointed by parish governments in Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. The commission is a member of the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana.
A 2008 audit released last May by Broussard, Poche, Lewis & Breaux, a Lafayette accounting firm, finds the district with net assets of $5,027,207 against total expenses of $2,073,373. The audit also “identified a certain deficiency in internal control over financial reporting that we consider to be a significant deficiency,” citing an absence of “adequate segregation of duties” due to the lack of employees. The audit warns that such a deficiency could lead to inaccurate financial reporting.
Each parish council or police jury in the parishes that comprise the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District must vote to authorize the election next year.
Among other items on the agenda, the council will vote on revisions to the separate pay plans for the City Marshal’s Office, the Lafayette Police Department and the Lafayette Fire Department, as well as authorizing City-Parish President Joey Durel to enter into inter-governmental agreements with other cities and towns in Lafayette Parish for animal-control operations.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.