The Administration of the St. Martin Parish Government functions as the organization’s Human Resources services, administers Parish benefits programs and policies and safety programs while it supports several areas of operations through record keeping functions, maintenance of inventory of all movable and immovable property, building maintenance, insurance coverage and a host of other related administrative services. The Administration insures consistent and ethical implementation, application and enforcement of various obligatory mandates, regulations and guidelines that are demanded and expected from local government.
A sizable, and perhaps the most visible, component of what defines St. Martin Parish Government (SMPG) is the maintenance of bridges, roads and drainage, but SMPG is so much more than that. We are Community Health Services, Tourism, Animal Services, Recreation Parks, Building Maintenance, Finance, Correctional Medical Services, Water Plant, Community Centers, Planning and Zoning, Building Permits, Nuisance Compliance, Fire Services, and HUD/Section 8 Housing. Within this wide realm of services, each and every department, each and every employee serve to improve the quality of life for all citizens of St. Martin Parish.
It may be of interest to know that we have 85 regular full-time employees, whose median age is 49 years old. We employ 15 regular part-time employees to help with park maintenance, animal services duties and clerical assistance, bringing the total employment figure approximately 100 employees altogether. Of the 85 regular full-time employees, one-half maintain the Parish’s bridges, roads and drainage laterals using 10 excavators, 8 backhoes, 1 motor grader, 3 dozers, 14 dump trucks, and 10 tractors. Our 46 buildings are maintained by one supervisor and 3 building maintenance custodians supported by contractual services. The remaining 35 or so regular full-time employees work to provide the other services as described earlier. Our regular full-time employees are very loyal with 29% having between 5 to 10 years of service and 30% having more than 10 years of service (the individual with the longest service time being over 35 years of service).
St. Martin Parish Animal Services has taken in 800 animals from the parish so far this year.
Although the shelter has taken in so many animals, it has maintained a 94.23% live release rate. SMAS contributes the majority of the live release rate to its transports, having done 18 so far this year to various states all over the U.S. These transports have carried more than 400 animals to safety in the last 8 months.
SMAS also has several programs in place to help the community. The community is welcome to contact the shelter to find out how they can help with spaying/neutering for qualifying citizens, providing the perfect pet for your home through SMAS’s adoption program, or helping to educate through their volunteer program.
St. Martin Parish Animal Services is located at 1004 Industrial Park Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582. The phone number is 337-394-1220 or catch up to us on Facebook at St Martin Shelter.
St. Martin Parish Animal Services is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The shelter is closed to the public on Holidays.
In 2017, St. Martin Parish issued 145 Residential New Construction permits and 31 Commercial New Construction permits. There were 196 homes moved into the parish, and 321 existing homes were purchased.
The Building Permits office is located at 303 West Port Street, St. Martinville, LA 70582.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cade Community Center:
Cade Community Center has been the go-to facility for parties, weddings, balls, banquets, etc., since 2008. Other parishes have been left scratching their heads and wondering how St. Martin Parish accomplished this. With the help of our Sales Tax dollars and multiple rentals, we are able to keep our rental cost for the facility down. Located in the heart of Cade, this 27,000 square foot facility sits adjacent to the Landmark Nursing Home. As we have been told, no other facility offers the capacity, convenience, price, time, staff and amenities like the Cade Community Center. We are looking forward to an upgrade to the park and grounds area. Let us host your next event!
Cade Recreation Center:
A small, intimate setting for a bridal or baby shower to a family gathering or small wedding ceremony, we offer our Cade Recreation Center. This facility seats 64 guest along with a full kitchen and restroom. The Cade Recreaion Center sits on the same grounds as the Cade Community Center. We also offer a public basketball court for leisure play along with a walking track and playground area. The facility is available for rental.
Correctional Medical Services:
Correctional Medical provides medical services at St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. It is known that quality, professional, and cost-effective care can be a challenge in the corrections environment. We provide the critical resources to treat the diversity of medical needs of inmates in a secure setting. Our staff includes RN, LPN, and designated medical provider. We understand the importance of maintaining proper documentation of medical records that is critical in providing treatments. Clear communication with inmates and all of our staff ensures an efficient healthcare system.
All inmates, regardless of status or housing, are provided the opportunity to report an illness, injury, dental, or any other health concern whenever they occur, including mental health screening as the needs arise.
We provide the full scope of primary care services to include, but not limited to:
– Initial and ongoing health risk assessment.
– Preventative services, such as health screenings, health promotion, and health maintenance services.
– Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses.
– Care coordination.
– Specialty referrals and follow-up.
– Referrals to mental health, procurement, distribution, and administration.
– TB screenings.
– Referrals for interventional dental care.
Average # of daily inmates: 189
Inmates receiving medical services quarterly:
– Medical: 1080
– Dental: 42
– Mental Health: 26
– Medical transports: Acute: 21 and Urgent: 69
– Staff/inmate ratio: 3 to 189 = 63 inmates per staff member.
The St. Martin Parish Government Finance Department has the following primary functions: Payroll, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Permits and Budget. Thanks to our exceptional team understanding the importance of properly handling public funds, we have had clean audits year after year.
Our payroll is processed both bi-weekly and monthly. It includes our regular employees and council members, as well as court reporters, Assistant DA’s, JP’s and Constables. We currently have 105 St Martin Parish Government employees.
St. Martin Parish Government purchasing functions include purchase orders, which are issued daily, and yearly calls for bid. These calls for bid benefit the Summer Food Program which provides food for school aged children during summer months, as well as the Public Works Department with purchases of tires, batteries, oils and various road materials along with sand for flood and drainage issues.
All invoices and purchase orders flow through Accounts Payable. Once expenses are approved by the Parish President they are returned to the Finance Department for check processing. The check runs take place on the 10th and 25th of each month.
Accounts receivable is a group effort requiring the work of everyone in the Finance Department. All of the revenue for Parish Government must be processed and entered into the accounting system. This includes manual deposits, electronic deposits and credit card receipts.
The 2019 Annual Budget was our most recent undertaking. Thanks to a seasoned staff and great cooperation by department heads and the administration, this process was completed on time and without any major difficulties.
St. Martin Parish Fire District has 225 active Volunteer Firefighters along with 12 Part-Time Firefighters to help with responses during working hours. In 2017 these dedicated men and women whose volunteer time have accumulated 12,252 hours of training and have responded to 1,347 calls for service. The average response time to calls is 7 minutes from getting dispatched to arriving on scene.
– 35 members obtain firefighting certifications
– Completed smoke detector installs into 35 homes in St. Martin Parish. Since 2014 when the installation program was started, over 650 smoke detectors have been installed throughout the Parish
– 12 new volunteer recruits have graduated from our Fire District Recruit Academy
– PIAL Evaluations for Arnaudville, Evangeline, and Butte LaRose have been completed
– A new fire engine has been purchased for Evangeline (St. Martinville) VFD
The Breaux Bridge and Cecilia Health Units offer Women, Children, and Infant (WIC) services that provide supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. WIC also provides services to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Breastfeeding promotion is made a priority through specially trained staff and breastfeeding incentives such as breast pumps.
Immunizations are provided at the Cecilia Health Unit on Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. with no appointment needed. In addition, on-site flu vaccine clinics are held throughout the community. We also collaborate with a local physician to deliver additional preventative health services through well-child visits.
The health unit staff attends the annual Shots for Tots Conference along with other educational events such as the HPV Summit to stay current on vaccine related issues and updates. Our nurses are scheduled to attend the Acadiana Culture of Health Summit in December with hopes of further improving the health and well-being of our community.
In 2017, 4,130 patients were served at both health units which are conveniently located at two locations to better aid our citizens. Many require transportation assistance, walk to our facilities, and travel from different parishes including Lafayette, St. Landry, Iberia, and Acadia to receive our services.
The health units stay beautiful and clean with assistance from the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC).
The St. Martin Parish Government Nuisance Department sent out Notice to Remove Nuisance letters to 170 Nuisance Property owners in 2017. Nuisance properties consist of lots/properties with abandoned/blighted structures, long grass, and/or debris. One hundred thirty-three (133) nuisance properties were remediated (cleaned) in 2017.
In January of 2017, CivicSource was contracted by St. Martin Parish Government to auction off adjudicated properties in our parish. CivicSource is the leading auctioneer of tax-distressed real estate. From tax sales to adjudication auctions, CivicSource digitizes due process compliance to ensure legally valid sales. You can visit www.CivicSource.com to get more information. Several tracts of adjudicated property have been sold, cleaned, and placed in the stream of commerce.
For information regarding nuisance property process, please contact Holli Guilbeau, Solid Waste/Compliance Technician at 337-394-4798 or email [email protected]
Keep St. Martin Beautiful and Project Front Yard:
On January 14, 2017, Keep St. Martin Beautiful & Project Front Yard hosted our 2nd annual Free Recycle Collection Day. This event resulted in collecting 6,000 pounds of paper being shredded on site, 65 pounds of medication was taken by the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office to be disposed of properly, 3,906 pounds of electronics were taken by CACRC to be recycled or refurbished. Thirty-one (31) volunteers participated in this event.
Keep St. Martin Beautiful conducted a Teacher Workshop for 14 teachers in St. Martin Parish. The workshop was held at the Fire District Training Center on November 4, 2017, where teachers were given educational supplies and materials to conduct litter education in their classrooms.
Paul Angelle Park in Cecilia is the first park in St. Martin Parish to start recycling. Recycle bins for bottles and cans have been placed in the park, and recyclables are serviced by Waste Management, the Parish’s waste disposal service provider.
Keep St. Martin Beautiful participated in the first Trunk-r-Treat hosted by Breaux Bridge Primary in Parc Hardy on October 28, 2017. Our vehicle was decorated out of recycle materials in the theme of a “Recycle Monster.” Four hundred fifty (450) project front yard activity books, along with candy, were distributed to children in attendance.
For information regarding Keep St. Martin Beautiful, please contact Holli Guilbeau, Solid Waste/Compliance Technician at 337-394-4798 or email [email protected]
Planning and Zoning:
The Planning Commission consists of 9 members who are appointed by the St. Martin Parish Council. Each member serves a term of 5 years and are not compensated for their service. The function of the Planning Commission is depicted in Article IX, Section 2 of the Parish’s Zoning Ordinance as follows:
“It shall be the duty of the St. Martin Parish Planning Commission to receive for the Police Jury, and process in accordance with the ordinance, petitions for changing the zoning classification of land and revisions of amendments to the zoning text.
When proposals or request have been filed with the Planning Commission in proper form, the commission will advertise a public hearing. The Planning Commission will prepare and forward the results of the public hearing with recommendations to the St. Martin Police Jury.”
The Police Jury referred to above is now the Parish Council.
Moreover, the division of Planning and Zoning is supervised directly by the Director of Planning and Development, who is appointed by the Parish President. The duties of the Director are set fourth in Article IX, Section 3 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Parish:
“The Director of Planning and Development shall issue development permits which are in accord with the provisions of this ordinance, review plans for construction and installation of signs, issue certificates of zoning compliance at the same time as he issues the development permit providing the building or structure meets the requirements of this ordinance, be responsible for the enforcement of the ordinance, conduct inspections of construction to ensure that it complies with the provisions of the ordinance, and maintain a set of up-to-date zoning maps and zoning texts.”
Mr. Heath Babineaux currently serves as the Coordinator of Planning and Zoning.
During the year of 2017, the Planning Commission met monthly. The following are examples of its decisions and the nature of the matters considered:
– January 5, 2017: 1071 Gecko Road, rezoned from R-2 (Mixed Residential) to I-1 (Light Industrial) for Acadiana Speedway Group. Zoning change for group to operate as a go-kart race tract, with regulations, was approved.
– February 2, 2017: approval of final plat for Grant Point Estates, Phase II A and B, was completed.
– March 9, 2018: request to rezone 1009 John D. Hebert Road for a bed and breakfast was approved to rezone from W-2/A-2 (Woodland/Flood Plain-Restricted Conservation Area/Field Crops, Range Land) to R-3 (Multi-Family Residential).
– April 6, 2017: 1251 Bordelon Road was rezoned from R-2 (Mixed Residential) to C-1 (Light Commercial) for the operation of a fix-it-shop.
– July 1, 2017: Planning Commission appointed Chairman Calder Hebert and Vice Chairman Robby Frederick.
– August 3, 2017: final plat approval for “The Hammocks Subdivision.”
– November 2, 2017: approval of rezoning for 1031 Guidry Road for Cajun Pools and Spas, LLC from R-2 (Mixed Residential) to C-1 (Light Commercial). Final plat approval for “Heaven Lake Subdivision.”
**PLEASE NOTE: A new report will be added every other week until all departments are included.