Parish News

Jury approves purchase of flood damaged homes

04/06/2017

Bossier Parish residents who chose not to rebuild their homes damaged by floods as long ago as 2009 have moved one major step closer to receiving compensation following a parish police jury vote Wednesday.

Jury members voted unanimously to authorize spending money for the acquisition and demolition of a group of 12 homes that have been approved for funding through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

“We’ve been authorized by GOHSEP (Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness) to purchase the homes and passing the ordinances starts the process,” Parish Engineer Butch Ford reported. “We have to have police jury permission to move forward.”

Several of the homes approved are located in the Tall Timbers subdivision, an area that was hard hit two years in a row (2015, 2016). Eleven of the homes are in the Haughton area; one is on Caplis Sligo Rd.

Under the FEMA mitigation program, homeowners will receive 75 percent of the pre-flood value of their home, Ford added.

While funding has been approved for this group of homes, money will not be changing hands just yet, Ford said.

“We’re working diligently to schedule closings to start purchasing these homes. In a couple of weeks, perhaps by the next (police jury) meeting, maybe we can say we’ve purchased a couple,” he explained. “We have to do all our due diligence before we can purchase these homes.”

Discussions with FEMA continue and Ford said he hoped there would soon be word on more applications for assistance the parish had forwarded on behalf of homeowners.

During Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members also:

·      Adopted an ordinance creating parish sewerage district #2 and identifying the boundaries.

·      Scheduled public hearings for May 4 to consider plat approval of the proposed developments of Miller Estates subdivision, Willow Lake subdivision unit 6, Logan Partition survey subdivision and to approve the Grisham family partition.

·      Appointed Jason McKinney to the Bossier City-Parish MPC board of adjustments.

·      Adopted a resolution of support for major transportation improvements along the I-20 corridor, Amtrak and high-speed passenger and freight rail services in Shreveport/Bossier area.

·      Declared adjudicated property described as lots 96, 97 and 98 of Carstarphen Heights subdivision as surplus.

·      Proclaimed the month of April, 2017 Fair Housing Month in Bossier Parish.

·      Proclaimed the week of May 7-May 13 Women’s Lung Health Week.

·      Proclaimed the week of April 17-April 22 National Community Development Week.

·      Authorized the parish attorney to pursue legal proceedings in the matter of improper discharge of sewer effluent at a Haughton residence.

·      Accepted streets and drainage in Redwood Place at Legacy subdivision into the parish system.

·      Approved a plan change on the sewer improvements project in East Benton subdivision.

·      Approved a proposal of Forte & Tablada to provide bridge rating services for the Linton Rd. bridge over Black Bayou reservoir.

·      Approved a proposal of Lazenby & Associates for adding an aerial background onto the map for the Bossier north/south corridor, Swan Lake Rd. phase 2.

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