Mayor Wayne Breaux and the board heard from Angela Kramer with Firmin Architects regarding the progress of the Branch Street housing project. According to Kramer, two houses are complete, one is approximately 50 percent complete and two houses that were scheduled to be replaced will not be.
The owner of one of the houses scheduled for replacement does not want the replacement, just rehabilitation. However, Kramer said they are not able to rehab the house because it contains lead-based paint.
Another homeowner does not want her home replaced because she recently spent her income tax refund to make repairs to the home and only wants further repairs. This residence cannot be repaired as part of the project because they cannot rehab mobile homes.
In other business Thursday:
—Breaux reported that the town received approval during the last meeting for work to begin on the Bayou Choupique Flood Protection project and that the work is continuing.
—The mayor reported that a meeting was held Thursday with Acadiane Renovations in regard to the fire station project and work will begin next month.
—The board approved moving a mobile home from the former Baldwin Elementary School property to the police station to be used by the Baldwin Police Department.
—The board introduced an ordinance to increase water rates to meet bond requirements. The ordinance will be up for adoption at the next town meeting.
—Breaux received a letter from residents Marilyn and Clifford Burgess thanking the town and the police department for helping with the noise problem at the Mobil Station. They wrote that the problem has improved, but still persists. They asked that the police department continue to help improve the situation.
—Breaux reported the town received a grant for $30,000 from the state for repairs to the water plant.
—The board approved a request by Shelton Berard to divide property at Baptiste and Coulee streets into three separate lots.