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Calcasieu PJ moves forward on projects

Last Modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:36 AM

By John Guidroz / American Press

Infrastructure additions, a new soccer complex and improved drainage are some of the ongoing projects in the Moss Bluff area, District 1 Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Shannon Spell said Monday.

Spell said work on the new turn lanes on Park Road leading to Don Manuel Boulevard is about halfway done. He said the state-funded project will ease traffic congestion on Park Road because many people use it to access the Ward 1 Recreation Complex on Don Manuel Boulevard.

The 42-acre soccer complex at the end of Jones Road should be “open and ready for use by next year,” Spell said. The complex will include seven collegiate-size soccer fields, a walking track, playgrounds and other features. One of the reasons it is being built is because the Moss Bluff Youth Soccer League membership has grown to about 400 children.

River Bluff

Spell said designs are nearly finished for the first phase of River Bluff Park, located near the old U.S. 171 boat launch. The improvements — which are being designed by D.W. Jessen and Associates — will include renovations to the boat launch and a paved parking lot, he said.

Last November, the Police Jury set aside $2.8 million in the 2012 budget for improvements to the boat launch. Spell said the parish is still working to obtain permits from the Army Corps of Engineers because there are wetlands on the property, and that construction could begin early next year.

Drainage

Spell said engineering design work recently began on the second phase of a major drainage improvement project in Ward 1 and should take about two months to complete.

The work calls for widening the cross section of the Belfield Ditch from North Perkins Ferry Road to Belfield Road so it can hold more water. Crews finished the first phase of improvements in July, which included a new bridge on North Perkins Ferry Road.

Spell said the engineering and construction costs are being funded by hazard mitigation grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Other projects

Spell said crews will begin paving another section of the parking lot at the Ward 1 Senior Center later this year. The facility is located off U.S. 171. He said the work is the last of a two-phase project to improve parking at the center.

Teachers and parents are pleased that the school zones on La. 378 have speed limit signs with flashing lights, Spell said. The lights were placed at school zones for Moss Bluff Elementary and Sam Houston High schools.

The Calcasieu School Board is responsible for any maintenance and repairs to the signs.

Spell said crews recently finished putting a logo on the Moss Bluff water tower that reads, “Welcome to Bronco Country.” The Sam Houston High School Bronco logo was placed underneath the quote.

“It shows we have school spirit here in Moss Bluff,” he said.

Posted By: Proof For Sure On: 9/26/2012

Title: The Facts Now Speak

Thank you Mr. Thomas. You just confirmed what "Tired of Supporting Moss Bluff" stated and what a lot of others believe as well; Moss Bluff is in fact a community that's mooching off the rest of us. And by the way, it's people and communities such as yours that really don't care about mooching and leaching of the state, which a contributing factor to the shape our states in now. I guess one might say that you're really no different than a "lifer" welfare recipient; you want the government to give you everything while you sit in your own little world and MOOCH of the work of others. "Moss Bluff Moochers"; kind of catchy, don't you think?
Oh, and as far as your District Rep; not impressed.

Oh, and as far as your District Rep; not impressed. " />

Posted By: Mark Thomas On: 9/25/2012

Title: I care!

I live in Moss Bluff, and I moved here like most all others who live here BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT to be in the city. This is a rural community with ammenaties and subdivisions we want it to stay this way. The last thing the people of moss bluff want is for this place to be annexed or incorporated.......We have shown that with great resolve everytime it comes up. Furthermore Moss Bluff is not "Mooching" off the rest of the parish. PJ Spell does a great job representing us. He finds STATE monies for projects in his district. So I guess you could say mooching off the state but then when it comes to that, who cares, LOL!!
PS: Furthermore if your district rep is not doing all you would like to see as in the case with Spell, then thats between you and your district rep (whether that be moss bluff or other areas of the parish). Don't hate because ours is working...ha ha

PS: Furthermore if your district rep is not doing all you would like to see as in the case with Spell, then thats between you and your district rep (whether that be moss bluff or other areas of the parish). Don't hate because ours is working...ha ha" />

Posted By: Who Cares On: 9/25/2012

Title: Tired of Supporting Moss Bluff

WHEN will something be done about Moss Bluff becoming self-sufficient as far as incorporating into its own city and STOP mooching off the rest of the Parish and surrounding cities. It's about time something is done to make Moss Bluff its onw municipality so the folks there pay their share of taxes like everyone else.

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