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Wednesday, April 24, 2019



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Council OKs $2 million in road projects

Council OKs $2 million in road projects


The Lafourche Parish Council approved a $2.2 million road project in south Lafourche Tuesday night. Members unanimously passed an amended budget for phase two of the Road Sales Tax District 2 road improvements project.

The original budget amendment would have set aside nearly $3.3 million for the project, including two additional projects. Council Chairman Noonie Autin asked that the project be amended to include only the original scope, saving the other two for later this year to wait for more money.

The project will be paid for using the Road Sales Tax District 2 half-cent sales tax. The district includes Larose north and south of the Intracoastal Waterway, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow outside of the town limits, Port Fourchon and Leeville. All council members representing those areas, along with the administration, agreed on the new plan.

The first phase of the project was completed last month. Construction bids for phase 2 are scheduled to be opened April 17.

Several council members also questioned construction work that was performed in-house for the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter. Through a grant, the shelter recently built a surgical unit that it will use to spay and neuter cats and dogs, reducing contracting costs.

The new building sits on top of concrete pillars on a slab. At last month’s council meeting, Councilmen Jerry Jones and Daniel Lorraine questioned the appearance of the building and whether the slab was poured correctly.

Tommy Lasseigne, the project manager, told the council the building is “perfect” and called any accusations that it is flawed “ignorant.”

Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said he approved raising the building an additional eight inches, using piers instead of cinderblocks, to provide more room under the building for utility work. A skirt will also be added around the base of the new building, he said.

Jones and Lorraine also raised concerns over residents seeking help with their energy bills being turned away from the Community Action office. They were looking for help through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Finance Director Connie Duet said that while that budget is currently running low, she is expecting the third round of payments from the state. A contract for the next grant term has also been approved, she said.

However, Jones presented an email from the state, saying there are outstanding documents needed to execute the contract.

Duet and Parish Administrator Tim Vedros said they would look into why residents were being turned away and any outstanding problems with the new grant term.

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.