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May 14, 2014 11:38 PM by Kristen Holloway

St. Landry State of the Parish Address

Parish growth is the main point St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot focused on during his State of the Parish address tonight. Over 500 roads throughout the parish are set to be repaved starting this summer. KATC found out why that $66,000,000 project is a must for advancement.

The state of St. Landry Parish is strong says Parish President Bill Fontenot, but can be made stronger with better roads.

"I believe it will develop into the best highway program across the state because it will continue to provide funding for roads beyond 15 years if people continue to renew that tax," said Fontenot.

Fontenot also says creating jobs and building libraries is also a top priority.

"We need drainage certainly but we need libraries too. The library system that we have here today run on a shoestring and they're not even close to a lot of the citizens that are in the rural areas," said Fontenot.

Port Barre Mayor Gill Savoy agrees with Fontenot, saying the parish is moving in the right direction.

"We're going to piggy back with the parish and do some of our roads in Port Barre and of course education is going to automatically improve. So I think its a win win situation for all our municipalities in St. Landry," said Savoy.

"I'm very much looking forward to seeing the brightness in the eyes of the citizens who still are finding it hard to believe that we're going to pave in the next 3 years approximately half of the parish roads," said Fontenot.

As for the $66,000,000 road project, Fontenot says that should get started in August.

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