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|Grant fund projects eyed by Police Jury|
Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said the Jury has a number of projects in mind from its portion of two grants totaling $1.47 million which can be used for both parish and town projects.
A public hearing will be held at the Police Jury meeting room on May 26th to discuss one of the grants -- $470,000 -- which he said will be distributed through the state's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
A representative with the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Eric Shaw, will also be at the public hearing in two weeks, Ferrington said. Ferrington met with Shaw and Parish Planner Oliver Schulz on Monday.
"We were told that we have $470,000 for recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike that will be distributed through CDBG," said Ferrington. "This will be divided between the towns and the parish."
Ferrington said the Jury wants to do renovation work at the old courthouse with its share of the funds.
"I think it'll take about $200,000 for that project," said Ferrington, which will include roof repair "and some sealing on the outside of the bricks and to seal the windows where there are leaks."
He said he understands this funding is "a done deal. We just got to get everybody together on how to spend it."
The second grant, some $1 million, has previously been awarded to Homeland Security statewide through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"FEMA awarded every parish in the state $1 million," said Ferrington. "This is also a result of the hurricanes."
Ferrington said the Jury wants to renovate the new courthouse with its share of the grant.
"We need a new roof and it's going to cost from $400,000 to $500,000," he said. "We'd like to use some of the money for a set of gates on Lake St. John and Lake Concordia. These would be operational gates that can be opened and closed to control the lake levels."
He said the monies could also be used to replace a collapsed culvert in Buckner Bayou.
"We'd also like to do some work on Cocodrie Bayou," he said, "by putting in some gates to help control the water level there, too. We think this would be helpful in getting the water out faster if we know a downpour is coming."
Meanwhile, during its regular meeting Monday night, the Jury:
-- Voted to join the CodeRed Weather Alert System.
-- Adopted a resolution honoring the Vidalia High School boys' basketball team for their accomplishments during the past season.
-- Approved an occupational license for Dorothy Loyd, Loyd's Snack Shack, 100 Woodmont Rd., Ferriday.
-- Agreed to pay Betty Toms, court reporter, $567 for deposition transcription.
-- Voted to pay $1,550 to Louisiana Forensic for an autopsy.
-- Approved transfers of $1,455 from the Highway Maintenance Fund to the General Fund, $3,350 from the Drainage Maintenance Fund to the General Fund, $1,585 from the Solid Waste Fund to the General Fund and $5,025 from the Sales Tax Fund to the General Fund.
-- Went into executive session to discuss personnel.
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