The Terrebonne Parish Council celebrated its 35th anniversary tonight, welcoming past council chairmen to the meeting.

“Ten years ago when I became council chair for the first time, it was the 25th anniversary. And so it’s just ironic that I’m going out of office on the 35th anniversary of this consolidated government,” Council Chairwoman Arlanda Williams said.

“And there’s been a lot that has changed. The fact that I can say as an African-American female that I’m going out of office as the Parish Council’s Chairwoman is outstanding and it speaks to the growth of this parish, and of this consolidated government.”

Several of the past council chairs attended the meeting tonight, along with former Parish President Barry Bonvillain and council staff members.

“On behalf of me personally, and on behalf of the office of parish president, I welcome each and everyone of you here. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Terrebonne Parish, and got us to where we’re at today,” Parish President Gordy Dove said.

The parish voted in 1984 to consolidate the government into how it stands today, moving away from the police jury system into the nine council districts that represent the people today.

The current council members also heard updates tonight on several ongoing parish projects.

Namely, the $300,000 overlay, widening and drainage project on Nelo Street in Bourg.

Dove said the project is moving along quickly, and is expected to be complete in no more than 30 days.

Once finished, the new road will allow better access to the newly expanded Bourg recreation facility. Councilman Steve Trosclair, who represents the area, said the finished road will divert traffic out of the nearby neighborhood for those traveling to and from the sports park.

“This will be a tremendous asset to the recreation department and Bourg,” he said.

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