Jury still seeking flood mitigation funds
Bossier Parish officials continue to deal with
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on behalf of parish residents
who suffered catastrophic damage during three rounds of flooding beginning in
Parish Engineer Butch Ford said a total of
roughly $3.2 million has been requested locally to buy homes that have been
tagged with a repetitive loss label.
“Basically we have three pots of money
available for Hazard Mitigation Grant funds; 2009, 2015 and 2016,” he told
police jury members. “The 2009 and 2015 total about $2 million together.”
Ford said another 10 homes from 2016 want to
get involved in the potential buyout program “...and it looks like additional
funds of $1.1 million is what we need for buyouts.”
A list of those homes seeking mitigation funds
must be submitted by Feb. 13 and Ford said the parish would seek alternative
funds if some requests were denied.
“We are staying on top of it and I can promise
you anyone who has called us and wanted to sign up (for mitigation funds) will
be submitted,” Ford said.
During its regular meeting, the police jury
· Appointed Doug Rogers to fill
a vacancy on the Bossier Parish Communications District 1.
· Scheduled public hearings to
approve plats of proposed developments of Miller Acres subdivision, Willow
Chute Estates subdivision Unit 1 and Andrys Acres subdivision.
· Approved a plan change on
consolidated waterworks/sewerage district 1, north Bossier Parish area.
· Authorized advertising for
requests for proposals for the Bossier Parish Police Jury fiscal agent for
April 1, 2017 through April 1, 2019; requests to be received on Feb. 24.
· Approved a cooperative
endeavor agreement among Bossier Parish, the parish school board and the city
of Bossier City.
· Authorized completion of the
Louisiana compliance questionnaire in connection with the 2016 audit of the
parish police jury financial records.
· Adopted a resolution
supporting Lyndon B. Johnson in his election bid for member-at-large to the
executive board of the state police jury association.
· Authorized the parish
attorney to pursue legal proceedings in the matter of improper sewer effluent
discharge on property in Haughton.
· Declared as adjudicated
property in the East Shreveport subdivision and approved a cooperative endeavor
agreement between the parish and Bossier City to donate the property to Bossier
City for the redevelopment of downtown Bossier City.
· Approved a request from the
parish school board transportation department to repair a school bus turnaround
on Thomas Jones Rd.
· Approved a certificate of
substantial completion for Forest Hills subdivision drainage improvements.
· Approved a change order on
the wastewater collection system for Dist. 1.
· Approved a supplemental
agreement with Aillet, Fenner, Jolly & McClelland, Inc. for state project,
the North Bossier Shared Use Trail, phase 2, and approved a supplement to the
contract with Aillet, Fenner, Jolly & McClelland, Inc.
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