Meet the Team: Shai O’Veal

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Meet the Team: Shai O’Veal

If there’s any one thing that can be said about Shai O’Veal, our Utility Clerk, it’s that she values helping people above all else. A native of Carencro, Shai credits her love of the residents of her hometown as the reason that led her to work here at City Hall.

With an Associate Degree in both Accounting Technology and Office Systems Technology, she is well-suited to tackle all of the daily responsibilities that come with her title: greeting customers, processing payments, and helping set up new services. For Shai, nothing brings her more joy than putting a smile on someone’s face – and we believe it’s this attitude that has allowed her to succeed in the office.

Being a mother of three is a job in and of itself, but for Shai, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. When not at work, Shai makes certain that her children get to and from school every day, while still finding the time in-between to assist the elderly at nursing homes, provide for kids whose parents are challenged, and give a ride to those without the means. It may go without saying, but we think the world could use more people like Shai (which is why we’re more than glad to have her here with us in Carencro).


Meet Councilmember Antoine Babineaux


Tell us about your Carencro roots.
As a native of Carencro, I have been living here for 65 years. I graduated from Carencro High School in 1972, and have worked here ever since. Family is important to me: I’m a proud father of three (Nathaniel, Antoine III, and Aspazie), grandfather of five, and great-grandfather of one. We often cook together, listen to Zydeco music, and travel. My family gathers together to create memories that will last a lifetime, and it is these memories that inspire me to improve my community.

How long have you been a Council member?
I have been a councilman for 29 years now. My desire to run for re-election was directly influenced by my enduring dedication to the community of Carencro. I want to support the continued growth and progression of our City, so that future generations may live a better life.

What are some of your goals during your term?
My goals are largely inspired by my family ties to the city. As a native who is raising a family in Carencro, it is my desire to see that residents continue to enjoy a higher quality of life. Because of this, promoting the continued growth and progression of our city is my top priority as councilman. I believe that making strides towards developing a safe and clean environment, promoting educational opportunities, and securing economic development are paramount to ensuring that our citizens are happy.

Besides serving as a City Councilmember, tell us about your work and professional training.
I have been employed with Hub City Ford for the past 16 years as a Manufacturer Trained Technician. My promise, as a knowledgeable, full-time qualified Technician, is to keep delivering award-winning service to customers on a daily basis.

What else would you like us to know about you?
Besides caring for the citizens of Carencro, I am an active parishioner at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. As part of my duties to the church, I am a Parish Council Trustee, and an active member of the Fundraising Committee. Outside of my church, I am an organizer for the FoodNet drive at the Carencro Community Center. This non-profit organization helps provide food to those in need, generates community support, and reduces hunger through distribution of donated goods.

Meet the Team: Maureen Guidry

 Although she’s a native Tennessean, marriage brought Maureen Guidry to her husband’s hometown of Carencro. After raising her family here, and working for the city for several years, she’s come to consider it home, too. Sorry, Memphis!

As a Certified Municipal Assistant, Mrs. Guidry serves as our Utilities Supervisor. This means she helps us with just about everything: utility billing, collection of payments, work orders, monthly reports, customer service, and computer issues, to name a few. Basically, she keeps our utilities operations running day-to-day for the residents of Carencro.

When she’s not busy answering phone calls or setting up new accounts, Mrs. Guidry enjoys spending time with her family and attending concerts with her friends. Live music is a favorite of hers, and we think she’s found the right place to two-step and Cajun-dance.


Meet Councilmember Jordan Arceneaux


Tell us about your Carencro roots.
My grandfather moved here when my father was a young boy, and my dad was raised here. When my father married my mother, they moved to Sunset for a short time, but continued owning a grocery store in Carencro. We lived in Sunset when I was born, but moved to Carencro way before I was old enough to remember. I was raised in Carencro and consider myself a native, as it is all I have ever known.

I am proud to have had all of my formal education at Carencro schools. I went to Carencro Catholic from kindergarten through fourth grade. Next, I attended Carencro Middle School for fifth through eighth grades. I attended Carencro High School through my senior year.

How long have you been a Council member?
An entire month. And what a month it has been.

Why did you choose to run for office?
I ran for our future. My kids and future generations mean more to me that anything. Carencro has been fortunate to have amazing people who have led us down a wonderful path. My father and grandfather worked hard in this community to serve people. They owned a grocery store and various other businesses. My father stressed to me that serving people and helping them in any way you can is a measure of success. This is my goal on the Council; simply, to take care of every person I can while preparing a future for their kids and mine.

What are some of your goals during your term?
I have many items I hope to accomplish. One item I have been pushing for is a separate and set budget yearly for road repairs, sidewalk repairs, and ditch work. Currently, once projects are noted, budgets are set for them after a prioritization is completed. My goal is to write into ordinance, a standard percentage of the budget that would go to funding these projects every year. A separate fund would exist to ensure we are prioritizing these projects every year while accounting for years that income may be down.

I also hope to review the land use ordinance or requirements for business (especially as it relates to small business). This is a complicated task and has been worked on for many years by many people. I would like to get those people back at the table to discuss how we can continue to grow our city in a smart and beautiful way, while still allowing freedom of private property to our citizens and business owners.

Lastly, I want to engage the public on all levels. I plan to visit and tour all of our schools, meet with the Police and Fire Chiefs, send letters to new businesses welcoming them and offering support, attending business/industry meetings, and finding innovative avenues to meet the public where they are, to find out their needs and wants.

I encourage people to contact me in any way they are comfortable. I committed in my campaign to return every communication I received. This is something I will hold myself to. I can be contacted at,, and 337-258-8403. I also have an occasional email group that I send to, with updates and my summary of every city council meeting and other events as they happen. I encourage people to contact me to get on this list to stay up to date on the latest happenings.

Besides serving as a City Councilmember, tell us about your work and professional training.
I work a few jobs. My main job is being a husband to my wife Lauren and a dad to three sons (Cruz, age 6, Cohen, age 3, and Clay, age 7 months). However, my income is from my job as a Nurse Practitioner, working for the Lafayette General Trauma Center. We handle all traumas and acute care surgeries for the LGMC main campus. We do not schedule outpatient or routine procedures, but see all surgical emergencies that come in to the emergency room. I also work part-time in the emergency room a few days a month. 

I graduated from the nursing program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009, and returned there to earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2015. I am a member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I am a regular speaker to nursing students on various surgical topics.

What else would you like us to know about you?
I am a parishioner at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Carencro. My Catholic faith is important to me and guides many decisions that I make.

I am very proud of my beautiful family. My wife and I have gone to school together since kindergarten and have attended the same school every year through our graduation at UL Lafayette in 2009. We are fortunate that she is able to stay home with our children and provide them an amazing childhood. Cruz, our oldest, currently goes to Carencro Catholic School and we have enrolled Cohen for next year.

With a busy family life and work life, I don’t have a lot of time for hobbies, but I own chickens and donkeys, and enjoy spending time on our property, cooking and improving things.

City Officials Take Oaths of Office Jan. 3

The public is cordially invited to the swearing-in ceremony for the City of Carencro’s elected officials at the Carencro Community Center, January 3, 2019, at 6 p.m. The following officials will take their oaths of office:

Mayor Glenn L. Brasseaux
Chief of Police David Anderson
Councilmember Jordan Arceneaux
Councilmember Antoine Babineaux
Councilmember Danielle Capritto
Councilmember Kim Guidry
Councilmember Alfred Sinegal

Trash Collection Transitions to Pelican Waste & Debris

Carencro residents will see a $6.89 reduction in the trash collection bill starting December 1, 2018. The City of Carencro is preparing for a new garbage service contractor (Pelican Waste and Debris) to begin distributing new 95-gallon, dark blue trash carts with yellow lids and new 65-gallon yellow recycling carts with dark blue lids before the start of service December 3, 2018.

More details are available in this new service schedule map and this FAQ.

Transition Schedule:

  1. November 15, Pelican Waste will begin delivering trash & recycling carts.
  2. The new carts are NOT to be used with the current provider.
  3. Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Republic recycling carts will be serviced and picked up.
  4. Wednesday Nov. 28 & Thursday Nov. 29 – Republic trash carts will be serviced and picked up.
  5. Do NOT put personally owned trash carts at the road to avoid confusion.
  6. Monday Dec. 3 – Pelican begins to service trash & recycling according to service map.


“We are working very hard to get ready for the December start date,” Roddie Matherne, (Pelican Waste’s General Manager), said. “We are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible so we can begin providing the people of the City of Carencro with excellent service. We are honored that they have entrusted us with the contracts for these areas and will work tirelessly to provide excellent service.”

“As each of the new dark blue carts are delivered, we ask that you read the accompanying letter that we leave with it,” Matherne said. “It provides the information you need regarding where to place the cart on your trash collection day. Pelican’s phone number is also provided so residents can call with any questions they may have.” That number is 337-907-6686.

Matherne states that all of that information about where to place the cart, how to not overfill it, and other information will be placed inside the delivered dark blue cart. Residents can also follow the Facebook page @PelicanWaste for current updates.

“I want to assure the residents of the City of Carencro that we care about providing them with excellent service. We know they will be good partners with us to achieve this goal,” said Matherne. “We, the owners and staff, have many decades of experience in trash collection. We are local people. That means we understand that our neighbors, family, friends and business associates live and work here. We know what their needs are because it’s our personal needs too. Pelican cares.”

Questions or comments: Don Chauvin, Carencro City Manager, 337-896-8481

Celebrate Christmas in Carencro!

Enjoy the wonders of a Carencro Country Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Carencro Community Center. There will be arts & crafts, delicious food, holiday choirs and entertainment to help you welcome the season. Attendees can also win door prizes. Vendors are being accepted now and can sign up with this form.

Businesses and residents can also participate in a holiday decorating contest; contact Iva Clavelle at 337.896.6946 or 337.233.4550.

Carencro Country Christmas is sponsored by the Carencro Business Association. We hope you’ll join us and be a part of this special family holiday tradition!

Utility Payment Kiosk Coming Soon

Residents will soon have a convenient new way to pay their utility bill. A state-of-the-art utility payment kiosk is coming to City Hall! This is part of a new software system for utilities, permits and accounting, which is anticipated to go online for the new year.

Carencro Utilities Payment Kiosk

Plans are to install the wall-mounted kiosk in the front of Carencro City Hall with security cameras and lighting for a safe and secure experience. The kiosk is even capable of accepting  personal checks. In addition to the kiosk, a full suite of payment options will be available online or in person, including: pay by phone, credit card and Echeck. Text-message payment reminders will be available with a link to go straight to payments, all from your phone.

More information to come as the new system implementation nears. If you’re not receiving Carencro E-news already, you can sign up to receive periodic email updates from City Hall with important news and announcements of interest to the citizens of Carencro.

Spend Wednesday Evenings at Mercredi Show this Fall

The fall music schedule for the Mercredi Show has been announced. Plan to enjoy this family friendly outdoor concert series held at Pelican Park.

Sept. 5 – Dustin Sonnier & The Wanted
Sept. 12 – Nik-L-Beer Band
Sept. 19 – Stop the Clock
Sept. 26 – Blaine Roy & Second Wind
Oct. 3 – Damon Troy & Louisiana Beat
Oct. 10 – Warren Storm, Willie Tee & the Cypress Band
Oct. 17 – Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Food and beverages are available. No ice chests, please. The Mercredi Show is presented by the Parks & Recreation Commission of Carencro. Special thanks to the sponsors who help make this event possible:

Platinum Sponsor
Hair Loft Salon

Gold Sponsors
All Wood Furniture
Elaine Richard, CPA
Firehouse Subs
Guilbeau’s Pharmacy
Jay Castille Construction
Prejean Creative

Silver Sponsors
Advance 2000 Tax Service
Arsement Machine & Supply
Bruce’s Glass Service
Carencro Catholic School
Cormier’s Upholstery Shop
Creative T-Shirts
Home Bank
Lee Verret State Farm Insurance
Melancon Funeral Home
Melancon I-49 Storage Center
Nolan’s Lawnmower Sales & Service
Pizzaville USA
Proree Real Estate
Rayne State Bank
Schambo Manufacturing
Swanky’s Downtown Carencro
Therapy Center of Carencro
Total Pump & Supply

New Garbage Contract Benefits Carencro Residents

Mayor Brasseaux and the City Council proudly announce a new garbage contract effective December 1, 2018.

On April 16, 2018, Mayor Glenn Brasseaux requested the City Council form a committee to review garbage contract proposals, pending the expiration of the current contract on December 01, 2018. The proposals were evaluated by the committee and the big winners are the residents of Carencro. Pelican Waste & Debris was selected to service the garbage contract.

Here are the highlights of the contract:

·       Minimum savings – $6.89 / month

·       Current garbage rate – $26.19

·       New  garbage rate – $19.30 or less

·       Small commercial customers may now establish service directly instead of having to utilize a separate provider.

·       Recycling increased to every Wednesday to eliminate confusion on skipped weeks.

·       Hazardous Waste Recycling Day added for all residents in the fall each year.

·       Rear loading trucks with an attendant will eliminate spilled garbage which otherwise would not be picked up by driver alone.

·       New garbage and recycling containers will be issued to all customers.