Parish turns over fire truck to Maringouin VFD

DEIDRE CRUSE
Participating are, from left, Iberville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hank Grace, Iberville Finance Director Randall W. Dunn, Parish Councilman Louis “Pete” Kelley Jr. of Plaquemine, Fire Chief Michael Gaudet, Ourso, Maringouin Mayor John F. Overton, state Rep. Karen St. Germain, Parish Councilman Timothy J. Vallet of Rosedale, Bethany Fields, Parish Councilman Terry J. Bradford of Plaquemine, Parish Council President Matthew H. Jewell of Maringouin and Rowdy Gaudet.

Parish officials turned over a new fire truck and a new rescue unit to the Maringouin Volunteer Fire Department in ceremonies Friday.

Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said the $741,000 worth of equipment is the first “real property” the parish has seen from $44 million in federal Hurricane Gustav relief funds.

Parish Council Chairman Matt Jewell announced last week that the State Office of Community Development's Disaster Recovery Unit has just approved $363,929 from the $44 million fund to cement the sides of a Town of Maringouin drainage canal.