The following are comments made by audience members and elected officials at the most recent City Council meeting. The Bulletin is not responsible for the veracity of statements printed. Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not reflect the editorial viewpoint the paper.
» Robert Ray is suspicious over the amount of money the church of bingo receives.
» Eric Perrodin said he is working on the problem, and hopes it can be resolved amicably, instead of going nuclear.
» Joyce Kelly alleged that Yvonne Arceneaux committed verbal assault against Lynn Boone outside the Council chambers on Tuesday, July 17. She called the action unprofessional, especially from someone who boasts a 20-year tenure as a Council member,
» Lynn Boone said Arceneaux slandered her and Herb Arceneaux cursed her, but did not comment any further because she was taking the matter to court.
» Arceneaux said she apologized for the incident, and did not offer any details about the argument because everyone knows what happened. She called the Council a group of human beings who take a lot, but lose it and respond to negativism.
» Boone said the city grants manager does not meet the minimum job requirements in three categories, and the Council wants to pay $75,000 for a consultant who will teach Renea Ferrell how to do her job.
» Herb Arceneaux asked for peace and quiet from the audience during the meeting because everyone needs to hear the important topics being discussed.
» Kelly said Council members receive $250 per housing authority meeting, which averages approximately six minutes.
» Boone said Duffey divided the city further during his press conference because he addressed negative rumors and blamed the mayor. She said Lamont Ewell quit because he could not move the divided Council forward.
» Arceneaux said she thinks the City Council salaries should be adjusted, and they should vote on the issue.
» Perrodin said the salary should be $600 per month, in accordance with the city charter.
» Craig Cornwell said he will prepare a resolution to vote on for the Sept. 4, meeting.
» Ray said the city is partially responsible for the deficit, and received warning flags
from residents like himself, who said the city was spending money like a drunk sailor, and vendors who came to the Council begging to get paid. He suggested having a garage sale to raise money and sell everything they bought and do not use.
» Arthur Keaton said the Council does not communicate with the public effectively. He said public comments are not intended to badger the Council, but the city takes the residents’ money and spends it with self-entitlement.
» Herb Arceneaux said he pays taxes to the city, and he will leave from any door he wants. He said if Yvonne Arceneaux, his wife, is in front of him, he has her back.
» Arturo Frazier said he was going to pray for the Council, and he told residents to do the same thing before coming to the meetings.
» William Kemp said Yvonne Arceneaux did not owe anyone an apology, and now residents feel they can jump into someone's face over a difference of opinion. He said Perrodin opened the can of worms about corruption at the same time Lamont Ewell began looking for a line of credit, and when he made allegations he has a folder full of supporting evidence available for anyone.