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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 very soon.

“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 “ 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 members:

·      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 Chute Lane.

·      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 parish.

·      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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