St. Landry Parish Government - Working Together for Better Communities

Keeping Opelousas and the parish clean will get a little cheaper because of two donated vehicles from the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District. The trucks aren’t new, but they include a new, environmentally friendly and cost-effective option — they are powered by compressed natural gas, or CNG. That fuel comes at a discount because it is a byproduct of the parish landfill in the Beggs community. Solid Waste is converting waste methane captured from its landfill into CNG equal to about 250 gallons of gasoline a day. District officials say more capacity is possible.

The St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial — a project 10 years in the making that has experienced setbacks and obstacles over the years — has announced its opening ceremony. Pat Mason-Guillory said a formal dedication ceremony has been set for 6 p.m. Sept. 10. “There is still a lot of work to do on the park, but for the dedication, it’s ready,” she said Wednesday. “The granite facing panels are up; the seals are in place. We are ready to go,” said Mason-Guillory, who has headed the project since it began in 2004. The committee had hoped to dedicate the monument on Memorial Day.

This week Karl Aucoin, with Aucoin & Associates, opened the second set of bids for the Smooth Ride Home rural road improvement program. This time to upgrade 62 miles of roads north of U.S. 190 and in the Eunice area. It did even better. The apparent low bid by Coastal Bridge of Baton Rouge was $12,783,479 …— well below the parish's estimate of $15 million. "This will allow our money to go further so we can improve even more roads," said Parish President Bill Fontenot. "We are upgrading our roads to a standard that will last for many, many years to come," he said..