Debris on property angers residents

A farmer loading sugar cane near a residential neighborhood in Baldwin reportedly left a mess behind.
Anthony Gibson told the Baldwin Board of Aldermen Thursday that a farmer had been using railroad property that had once been a sugar cane loading site onto rail cars. In the process of loading sugar cane into a truck debris flew all over neighboring properties, coating cars and homes with debris, Gibson said.
The site is located on La. 83 near the U.S. 90 overpass and had in the past been a source of dispute when used for loading carbon black into rail cars, causing the same problem.
A resident contacted police and the farmer was ordered to cease. But the mess is still there, Gibson said.
Gibson said Police Chief Gerald Minor contacted railroad representatives and learned that the farmer did not have permission to use the site.
Gibson wanted to know who was responsible for cleaning up the mess.
Legal counsel Joseph Tabb said the issue would be a civil matter between the property owner and the farmer, which Mayor Wayne Breaux said is Rebel Farms of New Iberia.
Also Thursday, Breaux reported that flood control protection efforts are still in the right-of-way research phase on the Bayou Choupique area.
He also reported that the fire substation project is awaiting federal approval. The station would be constructed beneath the U.S. 90 overpass at the end of Martin Luther King Street and allow for fire protection on the south side of the railroad track.
Breaux said overlay of streets with hurricane mitigation funds received through the St. Mary Parish Council will resurface Labau, Jolivette, Ninth and 10th streets beginning within the next two or three weeks.
Newman and Lincoln streets are also in need of overlay and the board approved a resolution to apply for Louisiana Capital Outlay funding for that project.

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