“It’s what separates us from other communities,” he said as he complimented all the city workers for their quick response to serve the city.
Ironically, he noted the numerous gas leaks which forced the evacuation of the northwest section of the city “was a blessing in disguise” because it enabled emergency crews to quickly clear the streets, restore electrical power and assess the damage to area homes.
Petitjean also commended the area’s residents who quickly complied with the evacuation order and who returned to the area in an orderly fashion when the evacuation order was lifted.
He also directed specific thanks to department supervisors Foots Senegal, Todd Chaisson, Mike Judice, Building Inspector Donnie Ousse, Police Chief Carroll Stelly and Cultural Director Cheryl Richard.
He also commended Gov. Bobby Jindal, who promised the full support of the state, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, Rep. Jack Montoucet, Jury President A.J. Credeur, Red Cross, the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD0, and Lafayette Utility Services (LUS), Unitd Way of Acadiana and other organizations which have assisted in the recovery effort.
He also noted Gov. Jindal has formally request a presidential disaster declaration from President Barack Obama. He added a response may come as early as Friday.
In other business, the Council introduced an updated flood control damage ordinance and adopted a resolution accepting the updated parish hazard mitigation plan in order to remain eligible for grants.
Council members approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation for a setback variance by Robert Credeur on LeBlanc Street and the preliminary plat of Phase I of Martin’s Crossing Subdivision contingent on items cited by the city engineer.
Rayne High’s Health Occupation Students of America were granted a street drive permit on April 1 and 2 to help pay for travel expenses to a national competition.
The owners of property at 201 Kahn were given a 30-day extension to finish repairs and cleanup work that is currently underway.