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New levee board members begin work in north Lafourche

June 26, 2016

By:  Emma Discher, HoumaToday.com

 

North Lafourche’s levee and drainage board has seven new members.

The 11-member board oversees flood protection in the North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District, north of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Last week, the board met for the first time Gov. John Bel Edwards made the new appointments.

Three of the four returning members will serve in executive positions. Members are nominated by legislators, mayors and parish presidents, but the final appointment is made by the governor.

“We have a lot of freshman class board members on board,” board President Cory Kief said. “It’s exciting to see the diversity that we have on the board now.”

Kief, of Thibodaux, director of business development at Crosby Tugs, said the members have experience in agriculture, land development, the marine industry and farm equipment.

“We want different perspectives,” he said. “We have to have a variety of thoughts and ideas so that we can make good, educated decisions.”

Incumbent board members Timothy Allen will service as vice president and Kenney Matherne as secretary-treasurer. Allen, of Houma, is a general manager with the Apache Corp. oil company. Matherne, of Lockport, is a designer and modeler with the John Deere manufacturing plant in Thibodaux.

Louis Andolsek of Thibodaux, president and manager of Levert-St. John, is the fourth to return to the board.

The newcomers are:

— Rodney Foret of Raceland resident, owner of RPF Farms.

— Darcy Kiffe, a retiree from Lockport.

— Adley Peltier of Thibodaux, a research farm manager at the LSU AgCenter.

— Elmo Pitre of Larose, owner and manager of Pitre Industries, a local trucking company.

— Robert Pitre of Thibodaux, owner and manager of Triple P Farms.

— Shawn Preston of Thibodau, principal of Napoleonville Middle School.

— Joni Tuck of Thibodaux, grants administrator with the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.