2017 – A great Year!

Breaux Bridge has accomplished a great deal in the last several years. Thanks to all our local citizens, public servants, and organizations for their hard work, dedication, and passion for improving our fair city. Here are just a few of the tasks, plans, events, and goals we’ve reached, completed, or set in the recent past:

 

  • Created and implemented a Public Works work order form and system, which allows for tracking of all issues/complaints/requests to their completion.

 

  • Created and implemented a Property Maintenance and Zoning Compliance service order form and system, which all for tracking all reported issues as they are addressed and completed.

 

  • Created a master checklist for the tracking of all new developments within our City as they move through the approval, permitting and inspection process.

 

  • Established an email system for the City of Breaux Bridge to allow for better communication between departments, as well as between the City and the public.

 

  • Preliminary City Budget is now prepared in-house by the Mayor with consultation with the City Clerk and the City’s Department Heads.

 

  • Worked with City Auditor to devise a monthly “Finances at a Glance” report that provides valuable Budget and Financial Position information on a current basis.

 

  • Created and implemented a new Policies and Procedures Manuel for City employees and operations.

 

  • Reviewed the current garbage services contract at its earliest expiration date. Contract negotiations are underway, which, when concluded, will result in a collective savings to our customers of approximately $300,000 per year.

 

  • Formed a Project Front Yard Committee that has worked with Parish Government to provide increased opportunities for the proper disposal of electronics and other such materials.

 

  • Upgrade to the City’s website to improve our ability to provide information and updates to the public.

 

  • Directed the Utility Department to implement a program to allow for email billing for utility services, as well as online payments.

 

  • Secured low interest financing to purchase a street sweeper so that the City’s streets could be regularly cleaned.

 

  • Funded the Budget to allow for repairing all identified potholes throughout the City.

 

  • Completed three major repair projects to City Hall that involved correcting long-time issues.

 

  • Identified funds within the Budget to upgrade four City vehicles to allow our workers to operate more effectively.

 

  • Formulated a plan to address drainage problems throughout the City. Identified several long-time problem areas and worked to identify and get Council approval for the funding for each.  Coordinated engineering design to correct each problem.  To date, we have completed extensive drainage projects in Bear Creek Subdivision, North Bridge Subdivision, and along Claude Street.  We are currently designing plans and pursuing funding to address drainage issues along Sidonia Drive, Ira Drive, the Baldwin Street area, along Agnes Street, and in Bayou Lane Subdivision.

 

  • Partnered with Parish Government to utilize their equipment in cleaning out all large ditches and canals that drain the western part of the City towards the swamp.

 

  • Authorized our City Clerk to begin digitalizing all City ordinances and documents.

 

  • Created an Emergency Response Committee so as to coordinate maximum efficiency and effectiveness when preparing for and responding to any emergencies and disasters.

 

  • Formed a drainage crew to work daily on correcting drainage problems throughout the City.

 

  • Formed a culvert cleaning crew to work daily on cleaning out clogged culverts throughout the City.

 

  • Secured low interest financing to extend City water services to the all un-serviced areas of the City. Project to extend water service to areas north of I-10 is complete.  Design work to extend water service along highway-94 and along Hollier Road and Poydras Street is complete and the project is set to begin in 1st quarter of 2018.

 

  • Secured low interest financing to extend City sewer service to un-serviced areas of the City. Sewer service has already been extended to un-serviced homeowners along Claude Street.  Design work is in progress to extend service to all areas north of I-10, Bayou Lane Subdivision, and East Bridge Street.  Project is set to begin around June 1, 2018.

 

  • Pursued the widening of Dorsett Street to address a safety problem that has existed for decades. Included the purchasing of adjacent property to accommodate three-laning of Dorsett Street, the design work, and funding.  Project is set to begin around March 15, 2018.

 

  • Completed the construction of the first City-funded sidewalks in the last 50 or so years. The new Refinery Street sidewalks now allow pedestrian traffic to better navigate our community.

 

  • Currently awaiting DOTD approval and funding for a sidewalk project along Martin Street from Berard Street to Alva Drive.

 

  • Secured approval from DOTD to refurbish our downtown bridge. Funding for project in the amount of $1.2 million is currently in DOTD’s 2018/19 Budget.

 

  • Secured approval from DOTD and the Acadiana Metropolitan Planning Organization to overlay Berard Street from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue. Project will include drainage improvements in several areas.  Project is expected to begin in March of 2018.

 

  • Secured approval from DOTD and Acadiana Metropolitan Planning Organization to improve the intersection of Mills Avenue and Highway 94. Project will include curb and gutter upgrades.  Project is expected to begin in March of 2019.

 

  • Coordinated the completion of a master design for each of the City’s parks. Three such designs have been completed, one is in process, the fifth to begin shortly.

 

  • Secured Council approval of the master design for Veterans Park, then the funding of the project to implement the approved improvements. Project was completed in fall of 2017.

 

  • Secured Council approval of and funding for phase one improvements for Judge Carl Williams Park. Project is underway and expected to be completed by February 28, 2018.

 

  • Secured Council approval for funding the complete reconstruction of Armentine Cove Street. Design work is almost completed.  Project is expected to begin by March 1, 2018.

 

  • Secured approval from the Council and St. Martin Parish Government to split the cost of the project to reconstruct the back half of Bear Creek Circle. Design work is almost complete.  Project to begin in March of 2018.

 

  • Secured a grant from DEQ in the amount of $758,000 to fund a sewer improvement project, including smoke testing to identify and repair problem areas within our City’s system.

 

  • Currently working on the completion of a master design for South Main Park. Design should be completed by March 1, 2018.  Anticipate beginning of phase one improvements by May 1, 2018.

 

  • Worked closely with representatives of Camping World to secure their commitment to an 85,000 square foot commercial development within our City. This work included finding the funds to extend City utility services to their property, then overseeing the project itself.

 

  • Worked with the developers of a large residential subdivision north of I-10, which included the approval of a tie-in to our existing sewer and water services, as well as the final approval and acceptance of the project.

 

  • Currently working with developers interested in another large subdivision north of I-10.

 

  • Worked with our City Attorney to draft and Introduce several ordinances to strengthen our oversight of property maintenance issues in an effort to improve living conditions for our citizens throughout the City.

 

  • Retained the services of a professional planner with the Acadiana Planning Commission to work with two volunteer citizen groups to update and improve our body of planning and zoning ordinances. Focuses to date have been on the I-10 Commercial Corridor and the Downtown District.  Work to begin shortly on the Rees Street Commercial Corridor.

 

  • Secured funding from the Metropolitan Planning Organization and DOTD to undertake a project to consider the redesign of and improvements Rees Street – the City’s main corridor into our community. Consulting firm has been selected by the MPO and the project is expected to begin by February 1, 2018.

 

  • Have worked closely with the Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce in an effort to maximize support for our business community, which then benefits our community as a whole. I attend all Chamber Luncheons and provide update on City undertakings and issues.

 

  • Completed extensive repairs to baseball/softball fields… including repairs to all fencing and backstops, complete dirt reworking on all fields, cleaning out and aerating pond, improvements to parking lots, repairs and painting of concession stands and restrooms, painting of dugouts, replacement of batting cage netting.

 

  • Completed an extensive project to repair all damaged sidewalks throughout the City.

 

  • Completed a project to repaint all yellow curbing throughout the City.

 

  • Organized a landscaping/street maintenance crew to maintain street rights-of-way, as well as all City landscaping.

 

  • Completed work on a master design for Parc Hardy, which has been approved by the Council.  Initial phase to include picnic pavilions and two tennis courts.  Project to begin by end of February.

 

  • Completed major improvements to the City’s water plant to impact efficiency of plant and maintain quality of water.

 

  • Approved the installation of over 35 new street lights throughout the City to improve neighborhood security.

 

  • Improvements to the City’s Summer Rec Camp to enhance the experience for our attending children. Currently serving over 250 children each summer.

 

  • A partnership has been established between the Chamber, United Way and Kiwanis des Pont Breaux to provide critical support to those within our community impacted by recent flooding and storms.

 

  • Currently working with developers concerning potential extensive commercial and medical related investments within our City.

 

  • Implemented a program to annual test and repair all fire hydrants throughout the City in order to help provide the fire department with an adequate water supply for responses to fires.

 

  • ACADIANA PROFILE magazine selects Breaux Bridge as 2018 CITY OF THE YEAR.