OPELOUSAS — A representative from an Arnaudville residential neighborhood association asked the St. Landry Parish Council on Wednesday to help curtail loud noise he says originates from a nearby culvert plant.
Jim Leezy told the council that what he described as loud horns on plant machinery begin blowing loudly at 4:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
“You can hear those (horns) about a mile away,” said Leezy, who says he’s a resident of Coteau Lakes Subdivision.
Leezy said he does not know the name of the company and contacting workers there is difficult because there is no office. The plant, Leezy said, has been in operation for about eight months.
Council member Fekisha Miller-Mathews said parish government has a noise ordinance.
The plant, Leezy said, could become a “better partner” with the Coteau Lakes community by creating what he described as “aesthetics,” such as evergreens and azaleas. “We just want to stop the noise, not the plant,” Leezy said.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said he will discuss the matter with officials who operate the plant.
Leezy also asked the council to establish a 15 mph speed limit in the subdivision and to install speed bumps to slow traffic.
In another matter, the council voted 12-0 to have a council clerk determine whether a business operating as a towing company is actually operating a salvage yard.
The council instructed Clerk Laycie Alfred to determine what type of operating permit was issued by the parish to Rodney’s Towing.
Council member Jerry Red Jr. said people living near the business are afraid that large tankers sitting on the property used by Rodney’s Towing might contain hazardous chemicals leaking from the tankers.
Rodney’s Towing, Red said, is off U.S. 190 on J.M. Lafleur Road, between Opelousas and Lawtell.
Red said the business operates and is permitted as a towing service, but he feels the property on which the tankers are parked is actually a salvage yard.
Council attorney Chad Pitre suggested that Alfred contact the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
“That way (Alfred) can see if (Rodney’s Towing) is permitted for salvage or towing,” Pitre said.
Fontenot said Rodney’s Towing is located in the middle of a rural subdivision.
No one representing Rodney’s Towing spoke at the meeting.