Litter, traffic issues heard in Baldwin

Complaints of drinking, gambling and litter on Batiste Street in Baldwin were addressed by aldermen Thursday.

Alderman Thor Frederick said she’s been told people put chairs in the roadway, drink and gamble and throw beer bottles along the road. She said she went to the area herself and the trash was abundant, with “six or seven guys drinking on the street. We need to pay a little specific attention back there,” she said to Police Chief Gerald Minor who said he would do so.

Frederick said people doing such things need to be ticketed and fined.

Frederick also said she’s received complaints of people making U-turns in front of the post office on Main Street, some saying they were almost hit by vehicles.

Main Street is a state highway, and Alderman Gene St. Germain said parking is prohibited on the opposite side of the street.

Baldwin resident Tony Gibson said “you see town leaders do that.”

“Who does that?” St. Germain said.

Gibson intimated that it was St. Germain that did so, and the alderman objected that “you don’t see me parking there, I don’t drive my vehicle there, I walk.”

No action was taken.

Also Thursday:

—Breaux reminded residents that pit bull dogs are completely prohibited within the town limits.

—The mayor also reminded residents that off-road vehicles are not permitted on roadways except when properly equipped and licensed.

—The board approved the hiring of police officer Sharandae Brannon.

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