LOCAL

Jewell re-elected Parish Council chairman

Staff report

PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council re-elected Matthew H. Jewell as chairman and Warren "T-Notchie" Taylor as vice chairman at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Both Jewell and Taylor were unopposed and re-elected with unanimous votes.

Parish Administrator Edward "Lucky" Songy reported that problems with sewer pipes and air conditioning have hampered completion of the North Iberville Community Center in Rosedale, but the project is due for completion in the next five to six weeks before a grand opening will be scheduled.

Songy also said steady rain caused minor flooding around the parish, including several houses in St. Gabriel.

The Welcome Center at Grosse Tete recorded 23,714 visitors in 2012 from 40 states and 13 foreign nations, Songy told the council.

Hank Grace, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, also said that two major projects, which he could not yet go into detail about, are in the works for the St. Gabriel area.

Project "Ike," he said, involves the potential development of about 700 acres, and project "Sam" would involve possibly developing 1,000 acres.

Both projects are in excess of $500 million, Grace said, promising to make further disclosures as soon as possible.