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Bossier Parish nearing demolition of flood-damaged homes



Bossier Parish Police Jury members officially named Joe Buffington as the jury's new Treasurer at Wednesday's meeting.


Bossier Parish took another step closer to demolishing homes damaged by flood waters over the past two years Wednesday when police jury members authorized advertising for bids to take down a total of 11 homes.

Ten of the structures are located in Tall Timbers subdivision on Whispering Pine Dr. and Pine Cone Dr.; one Cane Bend Drive residence is on the list. Dates to begin accepting bids have yet to be determined.

Houses to be taken down have been approved under two FEMA projects for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford told police jury members more money has been added to funds to help with flood damaged homes, thanks to the state of Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards announced the extra Bossier Parish dollars during a Tuesday press conference in Shreveport.

“The Governor told us we have an additional $1.1 million coming from (hurricanes) Gustav and Ike monies that were left over,” Ford said. “Originally we had $3.4 million available for buyouts and hazard mitigation projects. Now, it’s about $4.5 million.”

According to Ford, Bossier Parish has roughly 40 homes that will be purchased. Hopefully, he added, within 30 to 45 days, purchased houses will be coming down.

“The process is starting and we’re supposed to have (FEMA flood event) 4228 amended approved and that’s another seven houses available to start working on,” Ford said. “We’re working on it, we’re going to stay on top of it. The next FMA application is due Nov. 17 and there are 11 homes that want to reapply that are repetitive loss.”

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

·      Appointed Joe Buffington Treasurer of the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

·      Approved an application of the Benton-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission to amend zoning regulations to allow the use of kennel/boarding in R-A (residence agricultural) district.

·      Approved the plat of the proposed Sawgrass Parkway right-of-way dedication and subdivision.

·      Scheduled nine public hearings for August 16 including to consider application of G&H Development for a zoning amendment changing classification of 55-plus acres from R-A (residence agriculture) to R-1 (one family residence district); to consider plat approval of the proposed development of Willow Creek at Benton subdivision; to consider application of Heroes Tavern for a conditional use approval for sale of high and low content alcohol for on-premise consumption at Heroes.

·      Also, to consider application of Barron Barton to change zoning classification of Willow Chute Commercial subdivision, unit 1, from B-2 (limited business district) to B-3 (general business district) for existing Park Place Plaza; to consider application of the Bossier City-Parish MPC to revert R-LD (residential low density district) to R-A (residential agriculture) on land on Myers Rd.

·      Also, to consider the application of GST Capital Partners, LLC, for a conditional use approval for a 275-ft. telecommunication tower on Sligo Rd.; to consider plat approval of proposed development of Draper and Simmons Estates subdivision; to consider plat approval of proposed development of Willow Trace subdivision; to consider plat approval of proposed development of Lakewood subdivision, unit 4.

·      Approved recommendations from the Property Standards division to move to condemnation hearings on two properties, to close three cases, to condemn three properties and to grant one extension.

·      Approved a Sept. 6 public meeting in the police jury meeting room to adopt an ordinance levying 2017 ad valorem property tax millages.

·      Declared adjudicated property in Carstarphen Heights subdivision as surplus and authorized advertising of bids for sale of the property.

·      Adopted a resolution indicating the intention of the police jury to become a participating political subdivision of the Louisiana Local Government Environmental Facilities and Community Development Authority, and approved appointment of Wanda Bennett as police jury representative to the authority’s board of directors.

·      Adopted a resolution commending the Louisiana Military Department and the Louisiana National Guard for contributing to the economic well-being of this region and for providing quality, necessary military training for members of our military.

·      Approved a proposal from Jimmie Eppinette for technical support for the 2020 census.

·      Approved a bridge crossing permit from the Bossier Parish Levee District to replace an existing bridge crossing Willow Chute Bayou on Vanceville Rd.

·      Approved plan changes #4,  #9 and #10  for the consolidated waterworks/sewerage district 1.

·      Approved plan change #1 for acceleration lane on U.S. Hwy. 71, planning and construction.

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