After fire, 'no interruption' in curbside recycling
After a major fire yesterday afternoon at its Lafayette facility, the Recycling Foundation of Acadiana says there will be no delays in the citywide curbside recycling program. "We're out collecting today," says Stephen Cheatham, a co-owner of the Baton Rouge-based company. "There will be no interruption in service at all. We were finished with our routes yesterday before the fire started and so none of yesterday's route was affected at all and our trucks are back on the road this morning." The company's local bailing facilities are now down to a power outage, but Cheetham expects to have that back up and running this week. In the meantime, the company will ship recyclables directly to Baton Rouge, where they are processed. It was the bails of co-mingled recyclables that caught fire yesterday. The cause of the fire is still unknown and being investigated by the fire department.
The Lafayette Fire Department got the call for the fire at 1:21 p.m. yesterday. Firefighters continued working to contain the smoldering embers through the night and into today. Thirteen city fire trucks responded, about 95 percent of the on-duty force, as well as backup units from Carencro, Youngsville and Scott. "The Fire Department truly did an outstanding job," Cheetham says. "It was a wonderfully coordinated effort. From a property damage and safety standpoint, they just made all of the difference in the world." The Recycling Foundation escaped with minimal losses, and no damage to its property or equipment. "Once the smoke cleared, honestly, we were very blessed," Cheetham says. "It could have been a lot more severe than it turned out to be. Now we have a bit of a cleanup project, but other than that, everything went well."
In other recycling news, Lafayette Consolidated Government announced yesterday, shortly before the fire, that it was closing its two recycling drop-off sites located at Lafayette Fire Stations. Fire Station #5 at 2001 Johnston St, and Fire Station #11 at 1115 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy will no longer taking recycling materials due to residents leaving a proliferation of non-recyclable material on the ground at the drop-offs. Residents can still drop off household recyclables - paper, aluminum, glass and plastic - at the Recycling Foundation at 107 I-G Lane in Lafayette.
MAY 24 Blogger Robert Mann posts this entry about the Baton Rouge Chamber's recent report on Louisiana's higher education system. It's critical to economic development, and yet our system is facing a "funding crisis" with no way to resolve it, the report says. The Chamber says control of tuition and fees must be returned to the higher ed governing boards.
MAY 24 Here's a NBC33 story about Tyrann Mathieu. He has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, inking a $3 million, four-year deal. He gets a signing bonus of $265K, but gets another, larger bonus if he doesn't get cut from the team for doing drugs. The deal reportedly includes mandatory tests and meetings for the player.
MAY 24 Jarvis DeBerry posts here about the redonkulus rhetoric that would have us believe NOLA is a safe city with a murder problem. Maybe the city's crime stats don't compare with its murder stats because you can't manipulate a murder, he says: a dead body's a dead body. It just doesn't make sense, he says, and his readers agree: a poll asks if they believe the city is safe, and more than 90 percent say no.
MAY 24 Jindal administration officials announced Thursday that the privatization of public health care is going to cost a lot more than they budgeted for, the Advocate reports here. "I'm so surprised," said no one. Anywhere. The cost they're projecting now is more than $1 billion - a lot more than the $626 million budgeted for it. And, it's more than it cost the state to operate those hospitals. So why are we doing this again?
MAY 24 Blogger CB Forgotston ridicules the recent PR campaign by the state GOP in the wake of a legislative auditor's request to both major parties. The GOP (apparently unaware that the Dems got the same request) started yammering about being targeted because it had "killed" a tax increase. CB finds that laughable, but it's also pretty funny that the GOP was comparing this episode to the IRS scandal (Because the President has so much to do with our state auditor. Right?).
MAY 24 Politico details some recent fund-raising efforts by Sen. David Vitter, which have raised the question of his future political plans. This time, it is a $5,000 per head "bayou weekend" that includes "Cajun cooking" and an all-caps "alligator hunt," the story reports. Funds raised go to a super PAC that can spend money to support Vitter in federal or state races, the story points out.
MAY 24 The pink building on Royal in the quarter was sold at a sheriff's sale Thursday, this Picayune story reports. An injunction that would have halted the sale wasn't enforced because the family failed to post a $150,000 bond, the story reports. So the owner of the mortgages on the building bought it, for nearly $7 million. Now the feuding family will have to negotiate with that company to get a lease on the building that has housed their business for close to 60 years.
MAY 23 This post in Louisiana Voice tells us about a bill by a Winnsboro lege that would require all public high school students to take at least one Course Choice online class in order to graduate. (What?) Blogger Tom Aswell says it's a monument to "waste and corruption," especially in light of the problems he's exposed with the program in recent weeks. Idaho had a similar program, but voters removed it by a 2-1 margin, Aswell says.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.