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St. Martinville council meetings reach capacity

Posted at 5:04 PM, Aug 24, 2018

There are signs in the St. Martinville City Hall as a reminder of the limit of people who can fit in the council chambers.

Council members say the last few meetings have reached capacity. Some are looking to bring back different ways of sharing the meeting.

“One of the very first meeting we had 150 people,” Councilman Mike Fuselier said. “It’s not out of the ordinary. I think with a new mayor brought new interests.”

In some cases, the crowds have been larger than what the council chamber can hold. That’s why the city is posting signs as a reminder of the room’s capacity.

“It’s not a problem we want as many people to hear and see what’s happen with the city business as possible.”

Only 81 people are allowed inside of the room. however, Fuselier says the council could look into other ways to share the meeting.

“We used to video tape our meetings and COX would play them the following week,” Fuselier said. ” We did that for several years and I was a big advocate of it. I want as many people to hear and see what’s going on with city business. Another avenue could be to put up an external microphone right outside the chambers.”