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The governor's administration is recommending cutting the Cameron ferry hours from 24 to 16 a day. (American Press Archives)

The governor's administration is recommending cutting the Cameron ferry hours from 24 to 16 a day. (American Press Archives)

Ferry takes in $60,000 yearly; costs $2.7M to run

Last Modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:12 AM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

How much money does the Cameron ferry bring in each year?

Ferry operations bring in about $60,000 a year, said Deidra Druilhet, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation and Development.

Under a $74 million cost-cutting plan suggested by a consulting firm hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal, ferry operations — which now run 24 hours a day — would be shut down 11 p.m.-5 a.m. each day.

An average of 33 vehicles use the ferry during that period, and the nightly shutdown would save the state $346,000 next year, state Transportation Secretary Sherri LeBas has said.

Annual operating costs for the Cameron ferry total $2.7 million, Druilhet said. The peak-use period for the ferry each day is 6 a.m.-6 p.m., she said.

Other cost-cutting recommendations made by the consulting firm include closing state Office of Motor Vehicles branches in Sulphur, Oakdale and more than a dozen other places.

Online: www.dotd.state.la.us.

Local recycler accepts sharp implements

How does one dispose of things like sharp kitchen knives and sharp gardening tools?

Eligha Guillory, Lake Charles assistant city administrator, said to contact Amerimex Recycling, 439-9100.

Fire Marshal’s Office requires more details

I live in a rural subdivision. The property owner to the east of me has a 400- to 500-gallon noncertified LNG tank stored right on the property line. Are there any state or federal laws regarding the storage or disposal of such noncertified LNG tanks?

Brant Thompson, a deputy chief with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said officials would need to know more about the situation before they could answer the question.

He said the reader may call the State Fire Marshal’s Office to provide additional information. The main number is 800-256-5452. Thompson’s number is 225-922-1458.

Online: www.lasfm.org.

Workers not allowed to wash cars at work

Who pays for the water and supplies used by city water personnel to wash their personal vehicles at work? And are they on the clock while washing their cars? This is observed as I have driven past the water company offices routinely.

John Cardone, Lake Charles city administrator, said city workers aren’t allowed to wash their personal cars at work.

If you see it again, he said, call the water superintendent at 491-1487 or the Mayor’s Action Line at 491-1346.

Online: www.cityoflakecharles.com.

The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.

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