Police Jury approves sewer service work
The Police Jury approved the long-awaited Independence sewer project Tuesday night in a move designed to bring sewage service to about 200 residents of southern West Feliciana Parish.
John Hashagen, public works superintendent for the parish, said the system should become financially stable by the fourth year of operation.
Residents in the area served by the system will be required to hook into the new sewer lines, according to both state and federal regulations.
Residents using the system would pay a flat rate of $35 per month. Grants will be made available to qualified, low-income residents to pay the cost of initial hookup to the system.
In another public works matter, the jury awarded a contract for replacement of some 54-inch culverts on La. 66 to Spinks Construction of St. Francisville.
The companys base bid was $77,705, considerably under the original $135,000 estimate for the job.
Other business coming before the jury Tuesday night included:
PRESIDENTS REPORT: Jury President Ken Dawson told jurors the state has notified the parish that it would no longer discuss unapproved industrial sites with prospective businesses thinking of moving to Louisiana.
Dawson said the requirements for getting such sites approved are being sent to the parish.
The Police Jury will have to see what will be necessary to get the planned industrial area in the southern part of the parish certified under the state program, he said.
HEALTH UNIT: The jury approved transfer of the Parish Health Unit building to the Hospital Service District.
COURTHOUSE ANNEX: The jury hired Johnson Architectural Studio LLC to design and oversee renovations to the heating and air-conditioning systems in the parish courthouse annex.
BRIDGE INSPECTIONS: The jury was notified that bridge inspectors would be in the parish on Wednesday to certify bridges under the federal bridge replacement program.
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#1 Oct 12, 2011
And why is this needed? How much is it going to cost to provide service for a mere 200 people/ even less households? Requiring persons that already have sewerage systems in place to abandon them and pay to connect to and use a public system? Sounds like government overstepping their limits.
Or is this all just an easier way to bring another housing project to that area?
Saint Francisville, LA
#2 Oct 12, 2011
I hope you were at the meeting and spoke in opposition. I don't recall anyone saying that they were overstepping their limits.
#3 Oct 30, 2011
there are many famiies that had to move out of the independent area b/c of the sewer problem. i for one was one of them. i have my own land there and i can't do anything with it b/c of this problem. oneday i would love to move my kids and self back on my own property. if you dont know anything about that and how it has affected families u need to not say anything about the 200 ppl/even less households. so with that being said i'm going to pray that the lord open up ur understanding to what is going on in the idp (independent) area; we, the families, ppl, and household need this sewage service.
#4 Oct 30, 2011
And why can you not put in a sewage treatment plant like others in rural areas?
#5 Oct 30, 2011
Because the government is not paying for it.
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