Unfinished Business

Now that 2012 has come and gone it's time to look forward at 2013.

However, some things will carry over from last year that have yet to be resolved, like government projects, and empty jobs to fill.

It was one of the biggest acquisitions in Lafayette Consolidated Government history. For 5.8 million dollars the city received the UL Horse Farm, a pristine green sanctuary in the middle of town near one of the busiest arteries in the Hub City.

That was in July, since then, the public has been able to tour the area. The community foundation of Acadiana, will oversee the operation of the planned passive park, and will orchestra fundraisers to pay for it… Many of those; scheduled in 2013.

Also in the works will be a master plan to guide the development of the park which will tie into the parish's overall master plan.

It will be a long process with the final touches expected to be years away.

Speaking of LCG's master plan, it's nearing completion: with the unveiling expected to be later this year. A bulk of 2012 was spent gathering as much public input as possible the final round of those sessions is planned for February.

Meanwhile the town of Scott in Lafayette Parish is also in the midst of planning their future growth. Mayor Purvis Morrison says several public input sessions are upcoming. He's expects the council to approve it by March.

Heading outside of Lafayette, in Iberia Parish, Parish president Errol Romo Romero is still trying to fill two major vacancies in his administration.

Ricky Verret was turned down five times by the council for chief administrative officer and no one has emerged as a serious candidate for chief financial officer.

Finally, two parishes are looking to find a superintendent of schools. No timetable is available for the search in St. Landry Parish. That process was marred when two board members, John Miller and Quincy Richard were caught and indicted for trying to bribe current Interim Super Joseph Cassimere.

However in St. Martin they're expected to appoint Richard Lavergne's successor on January ninth at their regular board meeting.

And finally what could be a major economic and cultural impact for St. Landry Parish. The old St. Luke's hospital in Arnaudville will be turned into a French immersion and cultural center as soon as both St. Landry and St. Martin Parish council vote to abolish the old hospital board and taxing district.

At their last meeting the St. Landry Parish Council voted to delay their vote on dissolving the hospital board citing legal questions.

Doug MacDiarmid

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