Last Modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 7:45 PM
Does the president of McNeese State University still live in the big white house on Ryan Street? If not, what is this house used for? Is the house that he does live in paid for by McNeese or by him personally?
University President Philip Williams and his family do indeed live in the house — called, oddly enough, the President’s Home — and it’s also used for social functions and fundraisers, said McNeese spokeswoman Candace Townsend.
She offered a brief history of the place:
“McNeese built the President’s Home in
1965, and it was first occupied by President Wayne Cusic and his family.
the property was the home of Dr. and Mrs. R.P. Howell. McNeese
purchased the property and home for $22,000 in 1945 from the
Howells. In 1964, construction began for the current home on the
Are companies required to keep records of workers’ vacation days? The company I work for gives us a different number each time we ask.
Neither state nor federal law requires employers to keep track of accrued and used vacation time.
But since Louisiana courts have repeatedly said that accrued vacation counts as “wages” under state law, workers may have some standing to file suit against companies that keep poor track of such data.
I have a neighbor that lets his dogs out every afternoon to do their “business” wherever they feel like it.
I tried to ask him to pick up after them, but he said it was “no big deal.” I then asked him to keep his dogs out of my yard, which he has ignored. Is there a city ordinance about this? If so, who do I call to have it enforced?
“Any animal which causes unsanitary conditions or odors about any part of a public street or sidewalk or the private property of one other than the owner, or keeper of the animal through urination or defecation, is deemed and declared a public nuisance,” reads Section 4-22.1 of the Lake Charles city code.
“In the case of nuisance by defecation, whether or not such action shall take place in the presence of the owner or keeper, the owner or keeper shall, upon becoming aware thereof, promptly remove all feces and dispose of them in a sanitary manner.”
Enforcement — the work of Calcasieu Parish Animal Services — requires, in part, “the sworn statement of two witnesses, not in the same household, in the immediate neighborhood.” The dog owner can be fined up to $100.
For information on Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish dog ordinances, call the parish Animal Services office at 721-3730. Residents of Sulphur, which also has a nuisance animal provision, can call city animal control officials at 527-4577.
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