Mellion selected Mayor Pro-Tem

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com

PLAQUEMINE – The City of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen selected Oscar Mellion Mayor Pro-Tem during a special meeting Jan. 15.

“They basically run the council meeting if for some reason I am not there,” Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta said. “He has been there quite a while.”

State Rep. Karen St. Germain also provided an update regarding the overlay of La. 1.

“La. 1 is just horrible going through Plaquemine in the city limits,” Gulotta said. “We are just trying to see when the state is going to do something about it. It is full of pot holes. Completely.”

The Mayor’s reappointment of City Attorney L. Philip Canova Jr., City Clerk Shelia H. Migliacio and Fire Chief Maxime Guillot was also ratified.

The board also adopted an ordinance prohibiting the parking of specified vehicles in residentially zoned areas.

“We are having trouble with people actually parking 18-wheelers in residential neighborhoods and it just creates a big problem,” Gulotta said.

The board also accepted one bid on a abandoned property and surplused the remaining to be offered for sale through bids over the next 30 days.

Gulotta also estimated between 75 and 80 abandoned vehicles line the streets of Plaquemine.

“We have a lot of abandoned cars on private property,” Gulotta said. “That is illegal so all those home owners will get a letter and a summons to come to court. Hopefully, we will get some kind of idea of the number.”

The board also discussed an additional purchase of the Nadler Property where the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park lies.

“We are trying to buy the rest of it,” Gulotta said. “We need it for parking areas. Nothing is finalized but it is getting close.”

Finally, the board got an update on ongoing projects including a new wastewater treatment plant.