Thibodaux will once again host the New Orleans Saints Training Camp this summer. The players will arrive in Thibodaux on Friday, July 26 and start the preseason practice on Saturday, July 27. Practice will be held at the John L. Guidry Stadium at Nicholls State University. More information will be available at a later date.
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Irrigation and re-wiring are being laid out on Canal Boulevard from the south of Bayou Lafourche to its intersection with Jackson St. The irrigation lines will provide much needed water to the lawn, trees, and landscaped areas on the Boulevard. The irrigation project has been the initiative of Thibodaux Beautification Coalition’s Board, who obtained a grant from the Lorio Foundation in the amount of $10,000 (all being used for the irrigation project.)
The improvements to the existing electrical wiring are required because it has deteriorated and can no longer supply sufficient electrical current to power the streetlights on the Boulevard. The City has made numerous repairs and alternative measures but can no longer sustain reliable lighting on the Boulevard.
The City’s Department of Public Works’ employees are doing the construction on weekends during light traffic flow, in order to cause the least amount of inconvenience.
Upon the completion of this project, the Boulevard will have a new look as well as being easier to maintain.
The work in progress on Canal Boulevard is the result of a cooperative effort with the Department of Public Works to upgrade the wiring and the Thibodaux Beautification Coalition to provide water to the Boulevard.
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On Monday, May 20, 2002, E.P.A. Administrator Christie Whitman announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) has selected the South Central Planning & Development Commission (S.C.P.D.C.) for a Brownfields Assessment Pilot. The total grant award includes assessments at brownfields properties to be used for greenspace purposes.
The S.C.P.D.C. has targeted the former municipal landfill site in the City of Thibodaux for this Pilot. Thibodaux is the largest incorporated municipality in the South Central District. The former landfill site, called the Audubon Avenue Target Area, occupies 17.87 acres and was donated to the City in the early 1990’s, 30 years after it closed. The target area is in a State Enterprise Zone. A 6-acre portion of the property was chosen as the potential site for the Bayou Country Children’s Museum, and the City wants to expand its Martin Luther King Playground on the remaining 11 acres.
The grant funds were awarded to the City of Thibodaux in the amount of $250,000.