Parish Council revises flood plain ordinance

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council approved a newly revised ordinance to comply with the federal government's updated floodplain map and the National Flood Insurance Program at its regular meeting.

The new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood map of the parish, which changes the Base Flood Elevations for nearly 1,000 residents, goes into effect on Nov. 6.

Nearly 500,000 property owners in Louisiana have flood insurance policies with the National Flood Insurance Program.

The council also approved a new ordinance regulating the keeping of livestock in residential and commercial areas. Livestock is defined as horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, llamas, sheep and goats, and the animals must be kept inside fences.

First time violators will face fines of $1,000 and up to six months in jail and second offenses will net $5,000 and up to a year behind bars, according to the ordinance.

An ordinance to abandon a stretch of Bayou Road near Maringouin that has been used as an illegal trash dump for years and has become a liability issue for the parish was delayed until next month.

Parish Assessor John R. "Randy" Sexton reported there were no appeals of 2013 assessed property values and no taxing districts rolled their millages forward.

Assessed value for 2013 is estimated at $518.5 million, up $28.4 million from 2012 assessed value of $490.1 million.

An ordinance setting the speed limit at 20 mph on Barrow Street was also approved.