Fire District 11 gets $132,958 grant
St. Mary Parish Fire Protection District 11 has been notified of the award of a $132,958 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Fire Chief Clarence Clark told the parish council Wednesday that the grant will fund two-way pagers and full firefighting outfits for 45 people, “complete head to toe which is the helmets, boots, pants and hoods.”
The 2012 allocation is the second in a row that the department has received, Clark said. He reminded the council that the district received $186,000 in 2011 for the purchase of air packs.
He added that the district uses a grant writer from Baton Rouge who charges $500 per application. Upon grant award, the district is refunded $475 of that total.
The district is required to make a 5 percent match to the current allocation totaling $6,997, Clark said.
In other business the council:
—Heard from Verdunville resident Mark Bogan who invited all veterans to attend an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 20 at the VA Clinic in Franklin. The event is part of the VA’s outreach program and will be sponsored by the Humana Veterans Initiative. “We’re fighting to keep this clinic open,” Bogan said in the invitation to all veterans.
—Recognized members of the 10-year-old Biddy Basketball All Stars team who captured second place in the organization’s national tournament.
—Introduced ordinances setting 2013 fiscal year millage rates for the purpose of maintaining and supporting the parish library system and the parish criminal justice system. The library property taxes, which are not assessed in Morgan City since an independent library is operated there, total 6.97 mills. The law enforcement taxes are 3.62 mills within municipalities and 7.25 outside of the municipalities.
—Introduced ordinances on a specific use permit for Idlewild Farms, represented by Michael Accardo on property belonging to the Joseph P. Duhe Family, LLC at 3200 La. 182, near Patterson; and the rezoning of property at 9070 U.S. 90 Frontage Road, Centerville, in behalf of Ronnie’s Airboat Fabrication, LLC.
—Passed resolutions proclaiming the month of April as Fair Housing Month and authorizing certificates of substantial completion on the ramp demolition project on the Blevins building by Acadiane’ Renovations, Ltd., and security system replacement at the Law Enforcement Center by R&S Corp.
—Allocated $2,500 toward purchase of a replacement vehicle to 3rd Ward City Court Marshal David McCoy.