Sep 10, 2013 2:39 PM

Erath board of alderman to schedule special meeting

Erath's board of alderman will revisit the appointment of an interim mayor either later this week or early next week, according to town attorney Don Landry.

The board has until Sept. 23 to send the name or a short list of names for the interim position to the Louisiana Secretary of State. Gov. Bobby Jindal will make the final decision on the appointment.

The seat became vacant when longtime Mayor George Dupuis died on Sept. 1 at his Erath home at the age of 63 after losing his battle with cancer.

The board met Monday evening but decided to table the issue until all seven aldermen could be present. Even though a quorum was present, aldermen Robert Domingues and Donald Menard were absent for personal reasons.

"We thought it was a pretty important decision and thought that all of the aldermen should be present for it," Landry said Tuesday afternoon. "We will call a special meeting either later this week or early next week, when all of the alderman can make it, and hopefully move forward then."

The board will also set a date for a special election to fill the unexpired portion of Dupuis' term.

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