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Port Allen water system up to date

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The city of Port Allen water system is currently equipped to protect users from a brain-eating ameba, Public Works Director Terry Vincent confirmed.

In November of last year, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued an emergency rule that “required that water systems in the state maintain a higher residual disinfectant level and increase their number of sampling sites by 25 percent,” according to a press release.

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Peace, love and fitness

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On any given Monday night in Brusly, after the high school’s halls have been swept and the front doors locked to signify the end of the workday, the sound of a low rumble fills the high school’s gymnasium as people from all over the community and surrounding areas begin to fill the large space.

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Port Allen updates code of ordinances

Written by Emily Bell on . Posted in Local

The Port Allen city council has updated the city’s code of ordinances with regard to department heads, employment procedures, salary information and banking procedures.

The code of ordinances previously mentioned department heads but never clarified who they were. A majority of the city council moved to change that fact last year when former mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter fired the city’s CFO without city council approval.

Many city officials and residents considered the CFO a department head whose hiring and firing is subject to city council approval. However, Slaughter maintained that the CFO was simply “an administrative staff position to the mayor.”

CFO Audrey McCain took the issue to court in February of last year and won a preliminary injunction reversing the firing and preventing Slaughter from taking any adverse employment action against her.

The Port Allen city council has now clarified the term ‘department heads’ to mean the following five positions: CFO, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Public Works, Fire Chief and Police Chief.

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