Changes at the helm at City Hall
Morgan City City Court Judge Kim Stansbury administers the oath of office to Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi, who was accompanied by his wife, Jodi, and their two children, Addison and Kennedy, on Jan. 14. (The Daily Review Photo by Courtney Darce)
On Jan. 14, new Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi and five councilmen, including two first-term councilmen, recited their oaths of office to begin their four-year terms.
District 2 Councilman Barry Dufrene and District 4 Councilman James Fontenot replaced councilmen Larry Bergeron and Luke Manfre, respectively. District 5 Councilman Louis Tamporello was appointed mayor pro-tem filling Bergeron’s former position.
District 1 Councilman Tim Hymel and District 3 Councilman Ron Bias were each sworn in for another term.
Grizzaffi replaced former Mayor Tim Matte, who had served four terms as mayor. Also in January, the council approved former Morgan City Police Chief Marc Folse as the city’s new chief administrative officer.
One of the first issues the council faced was what to do with the city’s unreliable garbage pickup system after a garbage truck fire Jan. 30 brought the issue to the forefront. In July, the council approved increasing the city’s garbage rates from $12 to $18 per month. In June, the council had approved spending up to $400,000 to buy refurbished garbage trucks.
In February, the council approved Grizzaffi’s recommendation of Travis Crouch as the new police chief.
In December, the council extended the city’s 2.25 mill power surcharge 12 more months to pay for the cost of installing a breaker in front of the city’s new transformer and completing the city’s fiber optic loop.
Also in December, the council increased the city’s sewer rates and voted to use the city’s mosquito control trucks and city employees instead of a private service. The council approved hiring a contractor to oversee the city’s mosquito control system.