Overlay spending boosted to $1 million

Seven projects were added Friday to the City of Eunice's street overlay contract, upping the total being spent to about $1 million.

When bids came in significantly under the project estimate, Mayor Bob Morris recommended, and the City Council agreed, to add to the list, assuming all other factors remained as expected once Prairie Construction of Opelousas began work.

"I said I wanted to spend a million dollars on road improvements, and we're doing it," Morris said.

The five council members each recommended to additions to the list. Morris said he also met with consulting engineer Andre Aucoin and spoke with Jeff Fruge in the Street Department and some council members to reach agreement on the add-ons.

Some involved council members agreeing to combine of funds from their allocations to accomplish the work. The five council members get an equal share of the appropriation.

The additions:

3rd from Maple to Laurel, Opal from Duck to Drew, Jennifer from Maple to City Ave., Rodney from Laurel to Vine, Fannie from Laurel to Betty, Mill, beginning at Boudreaux and going west for 200 feet; and Fuselier, overlay and patch near Frey Laundry.

City conducts a bi-annual overlay program, saving money one year to spend the next. Added to that banked sum this year was part of the reserves accumulated over the past two years by spending less than was taken in.

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