Most importantly, the aldermen announced that Halloween trick-or-treating will be Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Erath High homecoming will be Oct. 31, starting with a parade at 2 p.m.
Alderman John LeBlanc discussed the state of the budget and expressed concern that the police budget was in the red just three months into the budget. Police Chief Gerald Hebert was present to explain that the overages would be paid for from a grant to the department.
On the subject of public works projects, Mayor George Dupuis stated the need for hiring someone to assist with assessing and enforcing building codes to ensure that houses and vehicles that should be condemned and torn down will be, following the recommendation of the council.
Town attorney Don Landry explained to the panel that in order to make a recommendation to tear down abandoned houses in the area, they “must be deemed unsafe and pose a threat to the community.” The council explained that this initiative was attempted in the past, but was unsuccessful.
“The reason we didn’t pull the abandoned vehicles (previously) was because we didn’t have any place to store them,” Dupuis said.
Alderman Carl Broussard also expressed the necessity for removing abandoned vehicles in Erath. “We (have) at least five vehicles, right now, that need to be removed,” he said.
The council agreed that they will revisit the initiative in order to take immediate action in the public’s interest. “I mean, we talk about cleaning up this little city, then that’s a start,” Broussard said. “Well then we gotta do it; we’re on a mission right here,” Dupuis affirmed.
Two guest speakers from Project Graduation, Claire Simon and Tobie Hebert, asked the council to approve a gumbo cook-off to be held January 17 in Erath. The council approved the date and is awaiting further information to confirm the location.