Rayne's New Mayor Ready for New Year - KLFY News 10

Rayne's New Mayor Ready for New Year

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It was the first week of work for the new Mayor of Rayne, Roland Boudreaux, who was sworn into office last weekend. Boudreaux won by 13 votes against his opponent Chuck Robicheaux.

Boudreaux is just a few days on the job. And after 18 years as a school board member, it's going to be quite a change. But a challenge, he's up for.

"Rayne has always been great to me," said Boudreaux. "The people have always solicited our businesses and I just want to give back."

First on Mayor Boudreaux's agenda is tackling sewage and drainage problems around the area. Apparently, there needs to be some updating to the system. Boudreaux says anytime four to five inches of rain hits the area, flooding becomes an issue.

"If we can clean the city up, if the outfalls are not clean, you're still going to get water," said Boudreaux. "And in some areas, they just haven't been cleaned in 10, 15, 20 years."

Boudreaux isn't the only newcomer, a new city clerk, Colin Burnum just started as well. Burnum said he's hoping to help move the city forward financially, but has big shoes to fill.

"It looks like the budget was in really good order," said Burnum. "We got the 2013 budget already. I haven't gotten a chance to look through all of it yet, but everything looks extremely squared away."

And as both embark on their first year in office, they both say they have the Frog Capital of the World's best interest at heart.

"We have a great staff," said Boudreaux. "The City of Rayne has always been clean and friendly and we want to keep it that way."

"We're hopefully going to make changes to move the city forward," said Burnum.

Boudreaux is replacing former Mayor Jim Petitjean, who had two years left in his term. Burnum is filling the spot of former City Clerk, Bobby Herbert, who is retiring.

 

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