The Town Council during a special meeting Tuesday swore in former mayor Brenda Melancon as interim mayor in the wake of Blake LeBlanc’s sudden resignation Oct. 19.


SORRENTO - The Town Council during a special meeting Tuesday swore in former mayor Brenda Melancon as interim mayor in the wake of Blake LeBlanc’s sudden resignation Oct. 19.

Newly elected Councilman Randy Anny made the motion to appoint two-time mayor Melancon to fill the position left vacant by LeBlanc until a special election can be held. The motion was approved unanimously by councilmen Milton “Needlenose” Vicknair, Marvin Martin,  and Lionel Melancon Jr.  Councilman Wilson Longanecker, Jr. was absent at the meeting.

After officially being sworn in, Melancon said that a special election will be held on April 2, 2011 to fill the vacant seat.

In other business, Vicknair asked to resign from his position as Mayor Pro-tem saying that he no longer thought he could handle it due to his health. Vicknair, who will remain a councilman, recently broke his hip and is currently recovering from the injury after being hospitalized.

After Vicknair’s resignation, Anny was appointed Mayor Pro-tem by unanimous vote.
In another unrelated business matter, Police Chief Earl Theriot said that the town’s Trick or Treating, will follow the same set time as the parish and be Sunday from 6-8 p.m.

In closing, Melancon touched base on a few issues, such as sewer and water in the town she would like to address while serving as interim mayor. She also said she wanted the town to move forward and believes the recent events dealing with LeBlanc’s resignation was just a “big misunderstanding.”

“We, as a town and council, have got to get along and work together or we are not going to get anything done,” Melancon said. “We have to move forward.”
The next Sorrento Town Council meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. The regular Tuesday night meeting was moved because it was due to be falling on election day.