The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury was in a more giving mood last week when it decided to overturn its previous decision to suspend funding to local Mardi Gras krewes this year and instead decided it would write checks for $1,500 to each of the four carnival clubs in the parish.
The jury’s action came at the request of Juror Albert Dukes, who told parish leaders it was a bad time for them to stop offering financial support to the four Mardi Gras krewes that will host parades throughout Pointe Coupee Parish over the next few weeks.
“This is an opportunity to really give something back to the parish,” Dukes said at the Police Jury’s Jan. 13 meeting. “When you look at the fact that the Mardi Gras season brings in 50,000-plus people into the parish and it’s going to stimulate the local economy — this is the wrong time not to support our Mardi Gras.”
The Police Jury decided last year it would scale back on the funds it allocated to local Mardi Gras krewes every year as its annual efforts to balance its fiscal year budget against ongoing financial challenges became more difficult.
Parish Treasurer Becky Mayeux said, in the past, the Police Jury funneled about $3,500 annually to each Mardi Gras club.
Dukes’ proposal did get some pushback from Juror Janet Vosburg who noted the parish was still paying $8,000 this Mardi Gras season to finance the renting of portable restrooms for the various parades.
Vosburg also said there were recreational needs in the parish the Police Jury had to ignore due to budget shortfalls that were more pressing than Mardi Gras.
“We have really been very careful going through that recreation budget and we cut everything in half,” she said during the meeting. “If you give to one, you open yourself to have to give to other agencies that request funds from us.”
WBR library story time
The West Baton Rouge Parish Library will present “Once Upon a Time” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 that will feature a story time of adventurous fairy tales and delightful nursery rhymes for kids.
There will be singing and puppets acting out some of their favorite fairy tales and attendees will be given the opportunity to make a keepsake to take home.
To reserve a seat, call the WBR Parish Library at (225) 342-7920, ext. 231, or visit www.wbrpl.com and click on “Events.”
Museum lunchtime lecture
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture titled “Louisiana Native Guard: Bravery and Sacrifice” at noon Wednesday.
Historian and award-winning educator Emmitt Glynn will serve as the featured speaker.
The lecture coincides with the museum’s exhibit “Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard,” which opened Saturday.
Museum group to meet
The Iberville Museum Association Board is inviting the public to its 2015 annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Iberville Museum, 57735 Main St., in Plaquemine.
Authors Barrett Murphy and Barry Raffray are guest speakers.
Admission is free.
Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.