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|Lift station upgrades planned|
Bids will be opened May 22 for improvements to the Concordia Park Lift Station and force main and the Belle Grove Lift Station.
The projects were discussed at the regular meeting of the Police Jury Monday night.
Bryant Hammett, whose firm is the parish's engineer, said these wastewater collection improvements should resolve the sewer programs in those areas.
Juror Willie Dunbar said that every time it rains the sewerage system overflows along Robert Williams Drive and sewerage goes into the ditches. He said a manhole also overflows.
Hammett said "most of the problems experienced in that area will be resolved" by the upgrades.
In other business, the Jury was updated on the $150,000 Louisiana Pilot Planning Program Grant it has received through the efforts of Morris White, director of the Concordia Office of Homeland Security.
Patty Sanchez of the Planning and Mitigation Team in the Governor's Office said the grant is to be used to develop a hazardous mitigation plan for emergencies.
"The program allows you to scope projects that would be of benefit," said Sanchez.
Mitigation plans are to be upgraded every five years.
Ferrington said a committee will be formed to develop the plan and will likely include the sheriff, police chiefs, mayors, fire chiefs and emergency personnel.
In other business, the Jury:
• Voted to write a letter to the Sheriff's Office asking that Mikell Inc. be cited for not keeping cattle penned. Juror Jimmy Jernigan of Wildsville said the owner of the cattle has been approached more than once about the problem but has not responded.
• Voted to send a certified letter to Realtor Paul Green giving him 15 days to mow his overgrown lots in Concordia.
• Heard a proposal from Jerry Brodhead of Communigroup concerning telephone service for courthouse offices.
• Voted to pay $450 bill for water line damage at Panola Woods.
• Voted to increase the monthly stipend to the veteran's office from $628 to $645 beginning in 2009.
• Approved travel expenses for the Registrar of Voters but requested that the Jury be notified of trips beforehand and not afterward.
• Approved transfers of $45,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Disposal Fund, $3,400 from the Public Health Fund to the General Fund and $1,500 from the Highway Maintenance Fund to the General Fund.
• Voted to purchase a gradall from Scott Truck & Tractor for $201,283.87.
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