The Lafourche Parish Council is expected to revisit an agreement with the Greater Lafourche Port Commission this week to commit $4.6 million to a road project at the South Lafourche Airport.
The council previously delayed action on the agreement until a dedicated money source could be identified and the District Attorney’s Office had a chance to review the document.
The agreement being presented at last Tuesday’s council meeting will loosely commit the parish to the project by paying about $1.7 million a year from 2020 through 2023, though it does not specify which fund the money will be pulled from. According to the agreement, the parish has no obligation to the project if it does not budget the yearly payment.
The Port Commission is also committing $4.6 million to the project, combined with a $16.4 million federal BUILD grant. This agreement is being put together in the hopes of securing another $9.4 million from state construction money.
The $35 million plan includes building a bridge and connector road between La. 3235 and La. 308 where it connects to the airport. The commission is responsible for all construction-related activities for the project, including bidding out contractors.
Tuesday’s council meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Mathews Government Complex, 4876 La. 1.
Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a budget amendment to restore about $51,000 to the executive salaries budget. The amendment has been brought up at about a dozen council meetings this year as the parish administration, council and District Attorney’s Office have grappled with a salary dispute for the parish president.
The proposed amendment would add $47,436 in salaries and $3,628 in benefits back to the department, pulling from a pump project in the Waverly Subdivision. The money was originally moved from the executive department to the project during the 2019 budget process late last year.
A District Court judge recently ruled that if Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle wants to continue a legal battle over his salary, he would have to sue himself as the head of the parish, rather than the Parish Council.
The amendment has been deferred several times in the past pending the outcome of that court case.
The council is also expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday that would restore money to the recently re-established recreation districts.
According to the ordinance, the four districts, 1, 2, 8 and 11, have fund balances that could be put back under the control of the recreation district boards.
Ending balances as of September are as follows:
Recreation District No. 1, $374,351; Recreation District No. 2 $89,089; Recreation District No. 8, $363,214; and Recreation District No. 11, $92,979.
If introduced, the ordinance would go to a public hearing and final vote at the following council meeting on Nov. 12.
Tuesday’s agenda can be found online at lafourchegov.org.
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Posted on Tue, October 22, 2019
by By Julia Arenstam Daily Comet Staff Writer