Parish sewerage system nearing completion
There’s a very big light at the end of the
tunnel for the Bossier Parish wastewater collection system, parish engineer
Butch Ford told members of the parish police jury Wednesday.
“We’re 99.9 percent finished with this
consolidated waterworks system,” Ford said. “Within the next couple of weeks,
we’ll be wrapping everything up. We’ve just built $55 million worth of sewer.”
A portion of funds for construction of the
massive project came from a pair of loans totaling just under $28 million from Dept.
of Environmental Quality (DEQ) revolving funds, plus $15.5 million from the
state’s capital outlay.
Another $11.835 million to help purchase local
systems and easements came from Louisiana Local Government Environmental
Facilities and Community Development Authority revenue bonds. Jury members
voted Wednesday to approve a certificate of completion for that money.
Even though the U.S. Hwy. 80 portion of the
system cost nearly twice the anticipated amount, Ford said the jury will still have
more than a quarter of a million dollars left in its account.
“We will have about $250- to $300,000 left
over, and that is a reflection on our consultants,” he said. “The (wastewater
collection) plant and the other projects came in on the money. The advantage is
we didn’t have to worry about cutting any of the projects.”
Ford said he will be looking for a small
project that can be covered by the remaining funds, one that will bring new
customers on line.
Ford also told jury members that following a
conference call with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness (GHOSEP), the parish is close to purchasing one flood damaged home
“We’re making sure we’re following all the
guidelines,” he explained. “We’re going to have another conference call next
week and I’ll be able to give you a date for purchasing more.”
Ford said he hoped to be finished and have all
the qualified homes demolished by the end of June “...so we can apply for the
money to be reimbursed. We’re waiting on approvals for the remaining
applications. There’s a lot more to it than we expected.”
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury
· Approved the minor plat for
Gleason Acres subdivision, approved the plat of the proposed Atkins
subdivision, Unit 2, and approved the plat of the proposed development of
Wemple subdivision, Unit 1-B.
· Agreed to move to
condemnation of property located on Cypress Village Dr., Liberty Dr. and Red
· Accepted a report from the
Capital Improvements/Building and Grounds committee.
· Appointed Mike Smith to fill
a vacancy on the Benton-Parish MPC Board of Appeals.
· Approved an application for a
2017 beer license at La Coronela Mexican Grill on U.S. Hwy. 80 East.
· Ratified a recommendation of
the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit board of appeals to uphold findings of
the CVEU officer on citations issued.
· Appointed Bryan Kauffer to
the board of directors for the Benton-Parish MPC.
· Adopted a resolution of
intention to create a consolidated waterworks/sewerage system district in the
· Approved an amendment to the
contract with Beast Engineering, LLC for engineering services.
· Approved a certificate of
substantial completion for Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage Dist. 1, north
Bossier Parish area.
Bossier Parish Engineer Butch Ford approaches the podium at Wednesday's police jury meeting.
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