Proposed parish budget presented to councilmen

St. Mary Parish government’s proposed 2013 budget anticipates $36.9 million in revenue and $38.4 million in expenditures.

The deficit will chip away from the $27.2 million in surplus funds for an end of the year balance of $25.7 million.

It includes a 5 percent across the board pay raise for all parish employees.

In a budget/finance committee meeting Wednesday, the council agreed to include the following expenditures:

—A $1,000 contribution to help fund operation of the St. Mary Soil and Water Conservation District.

—Up to $5,000 in match funds to the tri-parish 16th Judicial District Children and Youth Planning Board.

—A $1,000 donation to the Morgan City Power Boat Association for the 2013 races.

—A $5,000 allocation to the Morgan City Reserves toward purchase of radios, protective vests and insurance.

—A $20,000 contribution to Community Action Agency toward the purchase of two houses on Willow Street from Chez Hope.

—A $40,000 allocation to the Council on Aging which will allow it to continue to deliver hot meals to the elderly.

—A $1,500 allocation to Community Action Agency for the second annual parish sponsored Veterans Day luncheon. The first luncheon organized by Verdunville veteran Mark Bogan and held last week in Morgan City was deemed a success. Parish President Paul Naquin said the 2013 dinner will be held somewhere in western St. Mary.

—A $5,000 allocation to the Save Our Children mentoring program.

—A $15,000 allocation to Sager-Brown for purchase of materials for housing repairs.

The proposed budget will be up for adoption during the council’s next meeting on Nov. 28.

In business during the regular meeting the council:

—Was invited to the delivery of a new mobile cascade trailer and 32 air packs to Fire Protection District 11 at the West St. Mary Civic Center at noon on Nov. 27. Fire Chief Clarence Clark said the $235,600 in equipment was purchased with a FEMA grant.

—Received invitations to the opening of the new skate park at the Bayou Vista Community Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday; the annual Recreation District 5 Christmas banquet at 6:30 on Dec. 1; and the Four Corners Christmas at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2.

—Heard from Naquin that engineers from the China Communication Construction Co. will be taking soil borings in early December before proceeding with a feasibility study of a possible deepwater port off St. Mary’s shore in the Gulf of Mexico.

—Introduced an ordinance setting the council clerk’s salary at $23.63 per hour.

—Adopted ordinances on an office lease agreement with the United Houma Nation and 5 percent salary increases for the parish coroner and staff.

—Passed resolutions on a certificate of substantial completion on the St. Joseph area fire truck storage building by Acadiane’ Renovations Ltd.; and a professional services agreement on disaster management and recovery monitoring services.

—Approved a request by at-large Councilman Steve Bierhorst to transfer $10,000 from the Wards 5 and 8 three-tenths percent sales tax fund to the City of Patterson for drainage improvements.

—Appointed Don Caffery Jr., Carla Vappie and Lucy Watson to the Library Board of Control; and Donnie Coots and Cleveland Jackson to Consolidated Gravity Drainage District 1.

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