Chief Zachary addresses Mamou council on police issues
Mamou Police Chief Brent Zachary addressed the Mamou Town Council with concerns about water damage in the police department. Zachary said he and several officers have been getting sick in the old, two-story building. The water, he said, is coming from the roof which leaks onto the top floor and down to the bottom floor.
Mayor Ricky Fontenot said, “We can’t get a new building, so we have to repair what we have.” He said the department is being inspected by the company Encore Environmental to check the damage and also check for mold. Fontenot said they will see what they can do to repair the damage. He said the most important first step is to make sure it is still safe to work there. Zachary added the damage is in the offices, not in the jail cells.
Chief Zachary also presented his report. For the month of May, there was a total of 34 arrests, seven accidents with one injury and no fatalities, and 153 citations were issued, 146 of which were for traffic violations.
In other business, the Council agreed to leave the property tax millage rates as-is for 2019. Mayor Fontenot said, “That’s not to say they will never increase, but not now.”
The Council amended the notice section of their adoption of a nuisance ordinance that states it is unlawful for any person owning, leasing, or possessing any lots or parcels of ground in the Town of Mamou to permit the accumulation of any trash, such as old cans, iron, timber and wood, garbage or refused water or dead animals, or old appliances, because such accumulations may present a hazard to health and/or safety. The amendment means now any violations will be advertised for two consecutive weeks during the month of March in the local newspaper, rather than individual notices. If no action is taken after the public notices, the owner, lessee or possessor of the lot or parcel of ground will be given a citation.
The Council also agreed to continue using the Gazette to post legal publications and notices.