Funding requested for sewer system work

By By John Guidroz / American Press

Calcasieu Parish police jurors approved

a resolution last week to submit two requests for state capital outlay

money which

one official said would supplement funding for projects included

in a plan to expand sewer services for the parish’s unincorporated

areas.

One request includes $18 million for a wastewater treatment and transport system in Moss Bluff.

The other request is $26.4 million for gravity sewer trunk mains and pumping stations for south Lake Charles and Carlyss.

If the state approves the requests, the

parish would have to put up a 50 percent match for each project. That

means $9 million

of the Moss Bluff project would be locally funded, along with

$13.2 million for the project in south Lake Charles and Carlyss.

“It is our hope both those applications will be approved; that way it propels us forward on the plan,” said District 1 Police

Juror Shannon Spell.

The projects are part of an estimated

$110 million plan to expand sewer services in unincorporated areas of

Calcasieu. The

plan — approved by police jurors earlier this month — would be

funded by a combination of parish gambling funds, state capital

outlay money, and funds from a proposed 20-year, quarter-cent

sales tax. Voters in the unincorporated areas will decide the

fate of the sales tax April 5.

The sewer expansion plan also calls for the Police Jury to reduce the 1.5-cent road and garbage collection tax levied in Wards

2-8 to 1.25 cents for the remaining seven years of the term. Ward 1 residents do not pay that particular tax.