Golden Meadow’s mayor is asking Lafourche Parish government to pay $100,000 he says it owes the town for construction of a floodwall.
Mayor Joey Bouziga addressed the Parish Council about the money Oct. 23 and again Nov. 14. On both occasions, Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said he would look into the matter but added that local government did not have the money available.
Bouziga counters that parish documents show $100,000 in an account set aside for the town’s floodwall, which was completed last year.
“I don’t think it’s right that the parish doesn’t give us our money,” the mayor said. “The South Lafourche Levee District gave us our money, the Port Commission gave us our money, and I’d expect the parish to give us our money.”
The parish agreed in 2015 to give the town $100,000 of the $350,000 needed as a 25 percent local match for the project. The $1.4 million floodwall runs along Bayou Lafourche near the south end of Golden Meadow.
The South Lafourche Levee District and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission each put up $100,000. Golden Meadow put up $50,000.
The money was set aside in both the 2016 and 2017 budget and is currently in the 2018 budget, Parish Councilman Jerry Lafont said.
“The money can’t be used for anything else,” Lafont said at last week’s meeting. “You got a better place to put it than to stop a town from flooding? I’m appalled, Mr. Jimmy.”
Cantrelle also said there is no cooperative endeavor agreement between the parish and Golden Meadow.
But Councilman Corey Perrillioux pointed approval of money to pay a company for the Yankee Canal levee earlier this year as an example of the parish paying for emergency projects after the fact.
“I’d love to help, but not at the detriment of my employees,” Cantrelle said. “I have more holes in my budget than Swiss cheese. I can’t give raises to my employees. That was promised by a previous administration. He should have gotten it then. I want to help, but first of all I have to help the workers and people of the parish.”
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Posted on Fri, November 24, 2017
by By Dan Boudreaux Daily Comet Staff Writer