“Over the past few months, the Jury has been working hard to improve our own operation, so we can better serve the Parish.”


 Keith Roy, Vermilion Parish Administrator

A Healthier, Cleaner & Safer ‘You’

In a number of ways, leadership in Vermilion Parish decided it was time to either clean up or shut up.  That meant aiming more time and more energy to address health-related equipment and needed aesthetics in the area. “We’ve made our Solid Waste Plant more efficient, and we’ve provided training to our staff to ensure they are able to utilize synthetic cover to cover the waste instead of dirt,” explains Roy.  “The synthetic cover is less than half the cost of dirt.”

New Life for the Landfill

Garbage—not necessarily pretty, but obviously a reality in any community—was also a priority in 2018.  “The jury had the old garbage mill dismantled to make room for the new one we recently purchased,” adds Roy. “The new mill is saving us space and money, and will extend the life of our landfill for many years.”  Jurors also made some dollars (and did a bit of beautifying, too) by selling a lot of old and broken landfill equipment to a salvage company.

Infrastructure

Vermilion Parish also took on its first-ever Human Resources employee, and recently contracted to allow payments owed the Parish to be done electronically.   “We’ve also beefed up security at the courthouse, and approved the painting of the building, too, something that was needed for a long time.”

Coastal Preservation in 2019

As Vermilion Parish moves into 2019, look for coastal protection projects to once again be at the forefront.  One will be the $12.4-million construction of Cole’s Bayou, which will have three marsh creation cells and contain a number of water control structures.  That, says Roy, will lead to “…funding a project along Freshwater Bayou on the east bank near Cole’s Bayou.  This project will protect the improvements being constructed in Cole’s Bayou.”  Vermilion Parish will leverage Restore Acts funds to pay for the project; the Parish will receive Restore Act dollars for the next 15 years.

Excerpt from article originally published by Acadiana Lifestyle