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Glow in the Cro

Enjoy the Glow in the Cro Hot Air Balloon Festival, Aug. 30-31, at Pelican Park! See up to 20 hot air balloons and enjoy a carnival, music, arts & crafts, and more. Visit the event website for full details.

 

Meet the Team: Valerie Bosset

Strength and resilience are defining characteristics of staff member Valerie Bosset. You’ll find out just what we mean shortly, but first, let’s talk about how Valerie helps manage the exciting growth in our community.

As Carencro’s Planning Administrator, Valerie handles permitting for all residential and commercial properties in the city. That means working with developers, builders, electricians and plumbers, generating permits and assisting subcontractors with all aspects of the building process. With the astronomical growth in the city, she says it’s impossible to describe an average workday in just a few sentences!

A Northside High graduate, Valerie lived in Maryland for 25 years before returning home to Louisiana. “Carencro was not the same Carencro I remembered,” she says. That growth was part of her decision to join the city’s staff in 2011. She also is a member of the Transportation Policy Committee and the Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition.

The last couple of years brought a serious health challenge to Valerie’s life, but she met it head-on. Now approaching the one-year mark of being cancer-free, Valerie talks about her experience: “I was diagnosed in November 2017 with a rare type of breast cancer. With a strong will to fight this horrible disease, and support from family, friends and especially my mayor, I persevered. In July of this year, I will have completed one year of being cancer-free, and I give all praise and glory to God.”

We’re forever grateful for Valerie’s recovery, too, and happy to have her on our team.

Meet Councilmember Kim Guidry

 

Tell us about your family background and your youth.
My parents are originally from the Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge and Cecilia areas, but I was born in Houston, Texas. We moved to Carencro in 1970 and I’ve been here ever since. I was a student at Carencro Heights Elementary and Carencro Middle School. I graduated from Carencro High, and then attended USL, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, from 1989-91.

Why did you choose to run for office and how long have you been a council member?
I have been on the Carencro City Council for 16 years, with my first term in 2003. I wanted to be useful, and I was raised by parents who always gave back to the community. They instilled that mindset in my brother, my sister and me as we were growing up.

What are some of your goals for your current term?
I’m happy to have been on the committee that negotiated our current trash disposal contract, which saved money for our citizens. In addition, I would like to work closely with our cultural district to make sure we are always providing great events for our community and citizens. And, we need to continue to focus on improving drainage and infrastructure.

Besides serving as a City Councilmember, tell us about your work and your free-time interests.
I work for Aggreko as an Account Specialist/Collector for the state of California. I love to fish; however, I don’t get to do that as often as I’d like, due to work, council meetings and other meetings associated with our government. In addition, I serve on the supervisory committee of the Section 705 Federal Credit Union. I also love spending time with my nieces Kori, Konner and Sophia, my nephews Koi and Levi, and my great-nephew Briggs.

What else would you like us to know about you?
I love this city that I have grown up in since early childhood and there is nowhere else that I would rather live. We have many new residents over the last many years who have discovered our lovely city and made this their home. I challenge all Carencro citizens to take an active part in your community. We all need to be proactive in representing our city’s interests, but it takes citizens’ input to make sure that we, as community leaders, represent you in the best possible way. Together, we can more effectively make a difference in our quality of life, our futures and continue to raise our youth in our special corner of the world.

Pelican Waste Route Changes

We’ve just completed a 6-month review of the garbage collection service and have identified some issues. Overall we’re pleased with the service and the city is much cleaner in part to the inclusion of an attendant on the back of the truck to pick up any spilled waste. However, Pelican Waste’s experience with starting services in other cities reveals that once they begin garbage collection there are areas that produce more volume than expected. To resolve those issues it is necessary to make some route adjustments.

A new map will be mailed to all residents by June 15, but not all residents will be affected. The proposed changes will begin on July 8, after the holiday.

Questions or comments? Call your City Manager at 337-896-8481.

Community Band Concert

Celebrate Flag Day with the Carencro Community Band at the Patriots Pavilion! This concert band, comprised of area musicians and Carencro High Band alumni, will perform patriotic and popular classics, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, June 14th. 

The only entry fee is a canned good or nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the First Baptist Church of Carencro Food Pantry, for distribution to local families in need.

Bring a lawn chair and non-alcoholic beverage to the open-air Patriots Pavilion, located behind City Hall, 210 East St. Peter Street, in downtown Carencro. 

Musicians interested in joining us should text Shana Sampia, band director, at 337.565.0189 by June 10th to sign up.

See the event flier.

Walter Drive Closure & Detour

Temporary Closure Notice:

Walter Drive will be closed May 28-31 (depending on weather) due to the installation of a sewer manhole. Drivers may use this detour.

National Day of Prayer 2019

The Carencro Business Association hosted our city’s 11th National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2019. A large assembly of residents, guests, schoolchildren, area pastors and civic leaders joined together in prayer for our city, state and nation.

Thanks to the many individual volunteers and business sponsors who worked to make the event a success, including Don’s Specialty Meats in Carencro, Super 1 Foods in Carencro, and the St. Peter Roman Catholic Church Catholic Daughters for providing all in attendance with a great meal. And, thanks to the students of Carencro Catholic School and Carencro Middle School, and the area pastors who lead our non-denominational prayer service. 

It was inspiring to see such a community gathering united in purpose.

See more photos from the event.

Meet Councilmember Danielle Capritto

 

Tell us about your Carencro ties.
While I was born in Lafayette, I have lived in Carencro for about 10 years now. My two children, Dakota and Levi, are blessed with the opportunity to be raised in such a great city. I wanted to directly play a role in Carencro’s future not only for them but our future generation as well; I want them to be proud to call Carencro home.

My grandparents owned several businesses in Lafayette, one of which was named Castille Marble and Granite. This business in particular played a huge role in my life. It was in their backyard and we only lived about 3 city blocks from them, so I was there often. I saw first hand, as a child, how their business embodied the principles of hard work and dedication. I had the privilege to have my grandparents’ presence and influence in my life, and most of my work ethic, morals and standards are a direct reflection of their guidance.

How long have you been a Council member?
I have been on the Carencro City Council for four months and it has truly been an experience of a lifetime. I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Why did you choose to run for office?
I guess you can say politics is in my blood. My grandfather was very interested in politics, and his son (my uncle), Bobby Castille, was a Lafayette Parish City Councilman. Carl Castille, another uncle of mine, also ran for Lafayette Parish Sheriff. We as a family would come together during those election years and campaign together.

I chose to run for Carencro City Council because the city was growing in front of my eyes and I knew, if elected, I would make a difference in some way. My campaign slogan was with “With Growth Comes Change” and I wanted to be a part of that growth and change.

What are some of your goals during your term?
In all, my main goal is to do as much as possible to see to it that Carencro residents have a great quality of life.

First, I aim be a forward thinker. We should always look to the future to ensure that Carencro is not only great today, but also 20-40 years from now. As an example, Carencro has a great opportunity for the future when it comes to PARC. I want to work hand-in-hand with PARC to ensure that our facilities continue to be used to their fullest ability.

Then, I want to make sure that our city infrastructure is well maintained. Infrastructure is an important inner working of our city and I want to ensure that streets, drainage and sidewalks are kept up to the best of our ability.

Lastly, one of my overarching goals is to continue encouraging residents to voice their opinions and engage with their community. I think it is important that the community of Carencro becomes more involved and can feel as if they have a voice.

Besides serving as a City Councilmember, tell us about your work and professional training.
I am and have been an Account Executive at Hulco Printer for the last 2.5 years. I have worked in sales in the printing industry for the last nine years. I am a 2005 Northside High Graduate and a 2012 graduate of Blue Cliff College, licensed in massage therapy.

What else would you like us to know about you?
My two kids and I make it a point to attend the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk every year along with as many community events in Carencro and the surrounding communities.

My hobbies are my kids, gardening, arts and craft, fishing and cooking. Dakota is my drama/dancing queen and Levi is my little sports enthusiast. My parents are my support system and are always just a phone call away.

Family fun fact: My dad is one of 16 and my mom is one of 8, as a child I thought having 64 first cousins was normal!

Meet the Team: Heather Schexnider

Heather Schexnider has been working with us at City Hall for three years as Clerk and Planning Assistant. An eclectic range of skills and interests speaks volumes about Heather: she’s certified in medical coding and billing, certified as a dental assistant, and is a licensed massage therapist. We’re left with just one question, what can’t Heather do?

The short answer: not much, and it shows. Whether it’s meeting and welcoming our new citizens of Carencro, assisting the Planning/Permits office, processing payments, or handling whatever comes her way on any given day, Heather gets things done!

A native of Upper Lafayette, Heather is a graduate of Northside High, and attended LSU Eunice and UL Lafayette. Her second job is being a single mom of two, ages 11 and 15, which we all know is a full-time job in and of itself! Even so, Heather is finding time to explore her interest in yoga. She credits a great support system of family, friends and co-workers for keeping her grounded, with a positive outlook.

 

Water System Maintenance

The city will be flushing fire hydrants beginning April 8, as part of regular water system maintenance. The hydrants are drained by sections, starting in a central location and working outward, until the entire system has been flushed; this may up to three weeks to complete. During this time, you may notice brown water when you initially turn on your faucets after the hydrants in your area are drained. This discoloration is due to rust build-up being dislodged from older pipes during the flushing process. It is only temporary and should clear if you let your water run for a few minutes. The water is safe to use.

Original sections of Carencro’s water system were built with cast-iron pipes, and some lines dead-end, which enables sediment accumulation. Newer sections utilize plastic pipe, and dead-ends in the system are no longer allowed, which prevents these issues.

Buster Broussard, Carencro Water Supervisor, explains that this flushing process is performed periodically to prevent excessive sediment build-up in the system.

The work will be conducted Monday-Friday, from roughly 8 a.m.-5 p.m. “We try to minimize the inconvenience to residents as much as possible, although we aren’t able to predict how long each section will take, so we cannot schedule exactly where we’ll be working each day,” says Broussard. He cautions that there may be limited instances where the work extends beyond 5 p.m. “Some hydrants take longer to flush, and we have no way of knowing how long each will take,” he explains.

It is suggested that during this period, residents should check to see if their water is clear before doing laundry.

We appreciate your understanding while we conduct this necessary maintenance.