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|Police jury considers grant funding for sewer project|
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury may be able to use some state grant funding to help pay for a project to turn West Ouachita Sewer District No. 16 into a regional system.
The sewer project is one that has been discussed frequently by the police jury during the past several months.
Last year the police jury raised the sewer district's sewer rates because it was operating at a deficit of roughly $50,000. Rates were raised from $22 to $30 per month to help eliminate deficit.
Parish officials want to turn Sewer District No. 16 into a single collection system similar to West Ouachita Sewer District No. 5.
The goal of the project is to eliminate the package treatment systems at West Ouachita Sewer District No. 16 and move effluent through Sewer District No. 5 to the regional treatment plant owned by the city of West Monroe.
Police juror Charles Jackson said there's $151,000 in LGAP funding available for Ouachita Parish.
The city of West Monroe and the towns of Richwood and Sterlington can all apply to receive a portion of this money, Jackson said.
West Monroe can apply for up to $25,000 while both Richwood and Sterlington can apply for up to $15,000.
"That would leave approximately $100,000 for the police jury to apply for," Jackson said. "I am in the process of trying to meet with the engineers of Sewer District 16 to determine if there might be an opportunity there, but I don't know if it's a good fit based on the things covered by the (LGAP) program."
"With the ongoing issues, we're trying to get that district financially solvent, and the best way to do that is to get it on to a regional system," Jackson said.
Jackson said he will have more information at the next police jury meeting regarding the possible LGAP funding for the Sewer District 16 project.