As people prepare to give thanks for family, friends, home and security, some Acadiana representatives are giving thanks to a successful year.
In the City of Scott, over the course of 2013, many road improvement and expansion projects have taken place. “We've been through comprehensive plan studies, the Apollo Road extension and the great roundabout that is coming,” said Mayor Purvis Morrison.
He praised the patience of citizens and business owners and even gave thanks for the success of the city's first annual Boudin Festival, which drew a crowd of 25,000. “I think all of those things are coming because of the people of our community,” he said
In Lafayette, City-Parish Council Kenneth Boudreaux said he is grateful to serve the city, as well as help pass legislation to better the quality of life for the community.
“Rewarding our employees with a very, very small pay raise, I think was significant because they deliver so much with so little. I say hopefully opening a new precinct in District 4 is going to serve great dividends to our community. Lafayette, overall making it a place that people want to live and build and grow and we do that through our policies,” explained Boudreaux.
Buddie Lee, owner of Home Sweet Home, a small business that is celebrating 30 years, said she is gearing up for the busiest time of year; a time where she will make one-third of her annual profits. She said to thank customers, she plans to do small giveaways on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
“We are thankful to have customers still and some of these customers are people that have been with us for all 30 of those years. We are most grateful for them,” said Lee.
Opelousas Police Chief, Perry Gallow expressed thanks for the men and women of his police force. He said, while any murder is one too many, he is grateful to only have two reported homicides for 2013 and is glad to have seen a drop in over-all violent crimes.
Gallow said, “I'm grateful to be able to protect our citizens and give them the opportunity to get through this year with the least possible opportunity to become a victim of violence.”