ST. MARTINVILLE – Mayor Melinda Mitchell has asked St. Martinville City Council to consider canceling the city’s statutory holidays for Mardi Gras and All Saints’ Day, instead of replacing them with a June 17th public holiday for employees from the city.
The Juneteenth celebration, which commemorates the 1865 declaration informing the slaves of Galveston, Texas that they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier, was declared a federal holiday this year.
The point was tabled at the July 6 council meeting.
The board will also hear a request from a supplier, Kelly Trahan of Trahan Computer Tech, for bill payments dating back up to five years. According to the administrative director, Avis Gutekunst, the payment discussion was stalled when Trahan was unable to provide documentation for all the claimed work.
Guteknust will also be the subject of another agenda item, in which she challenges her suspension for two gay men over comments made at the July 6 meeting during a heated debate over the city’s finances. Mitchell issued the suspension, which Gutekunst served last week, but he must go to council for ratification.
District 1 City Councilor Mike Fuselier has called for three items to be added to Monday night’s agenda. In addition to a discussion on seeking funding to reopen the Acadian heritage and African-American history museums, he requested an update on progress towards reopening the city’s swimming pool, which was slated for last month. He also called for a discussion of annexation efforts along the southern edge of the city.
The board will also discuss a second personnel issue regarding Allison Wilson, who is employed in the finance office.
The Saint-Martinville municipal council will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the municipal council of the town hall, 120, rue New Market in Saint-Martinville.