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This profile was last updated on 5/28/14  and contains information from public web pages.


Pearl River

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A ..., 28 May 2014 [cached]
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new state audit shows Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne and two other town officials allegedly used public resources for personal gain.
The Legislative Auditor's report released Monday prompted the six-term mayor to issue a 10-page response, saying the audit is a political attack.
The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) Lavigne, Town Clerk Diane Bennett and Police Chief Bennie Raynor were singled out in the report, which looked at spending from December 2011 to July 2013.
Mayor James Lavigne, who is ..., 22 Aug 2014 [cached]
Mayor James Lavigne, who is running for his seventh term under a cloud of scrutiny over his management of the town, detailed in a long, scathing legislative auditor's investigative report, says it's something he's taking advantage of.
"Well, it's for the town really," he said, "You don't want somebody that don't live in your town running your town. David McQueen, a longtime alderman who's now running for mayor due to recent criticism of the town, some of which started with a series of Eyewitness reports, voted against a similar attempt last election cycle in 2010, but gave the measure its first 'yes' vote this time around.
He says conversations with constituents changed his mind and sees it as protecting the town, not helping individual campaigns. "It might look that way, I'm sorry it does, but that ain't why we passed it, I can tell you that," he said.
Lavigne and McQueen say they've been told investigators with the Ethics Board will be starting their own investigation into the report's findings soon.
All of the violators are from ..., 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
All of the violators are from outside of Pearl River and all of the letters include Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne's signature.
Speeding violations are normally handled through the mayor's court, which Lavigne is in charge of, but Town Attorney Ron Guth has run for the past few years.
Pearl River Mayor James ..., 24 Oct 2011 [cached]
Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne, who has been screaming broke for the last year, said the addition is necessary to correct some "maintenance problems."
"It's purely maintenance," he said.
He claims town crews are doing all the labor, and the supplies are only expected to cost the town $4,000-5,000.
Lavigne said he has battled a leaky roof for years, and hopes the addition and new roof will correct the problem and ultimately save the town money in the long run.
"We keep having to spend money on it," he said.
He said the 37 foot by 14 foot addition will include conference room and a storage room, which will enable crews to change the roof line on the building to help rain runoff quicker. This, Lavigne said, will keep water from sitting on the roof and leaking through the ceiling in the courtroom.
"This will give us a better roof line," he said. "There is a bad pitch on the roof and this will straighten it out."
Lavigne said the town has also been in need of a storage room and a conference room for some time.
Currently the Board of Aldermen has to use a table in the mayor's office when wanting to have work sessions.
The town has also replaced the commercial tile in Town Hall with a higher-grade tile.
Lavigne said this too is a maintenance issue aimed at saving the town money in the long run. He said the old tile was costing the town approximately $3,500 to strip and wax every year and it still looked bad because it should have been stripped and waxed two or three times a year.
Pearl River Mayor James ..., 30 Jan 2009 [cached]
Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne said that several upcoming road projects will affect traffic in and around the Pearl River community.
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