OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish Council on Wednesday once again delayed action to allocate funding for a building formerly used as Sunset High School.
Parish President Bill Fontenot will meet sometime next month with Sunset municipal officials to discuss how much money, if any, parish government can donate to refurbish the 89-year-old building.
In November, Sunset Mayor Cecil Lavergne appeared before the council to ask for at least $35,000 to help the town begin asbestos removal at the landmark building.
Council member Jerry Red Jr. said Wednesday that the council’s Finance Committee had rejected the funding request two weeks ago. That vote, Red said, should have prevented the funding request from appearing on Wednesday’s agenda.
In another matter, the council voted unanimously to delay action on a $10,000 request by Link Savoie to fund a proposed St. Landry Parish Military Honor Guard for the funerals of military veterans.
Savoie, a retired U.S. Army warrant officer, said some parish veterans cannot have military funerals because of what he said are prohibitive costs.
The creation of an annual honor guard fund would provide a seven-member rifle squad, a squad leader, six pallbearers in military uniforms, 10 rifles, two bugles, a bugler and a coordinator, Savoie said.
Pallbearers would be volunteer veterans who would operate under his direction, he said.
The honor guard fund would pay for the rifles, bugles and other equipment, which would be stored at the Opelousas Police Department, Savoie said.
Transportation costs for the honor guard to travel to funerals would be paid for by donations, he said.