Parishwide disaster relief plan moving forward
By Shantelle Breaux
CROWLEY – In connection with a parishwide disaster relief plan, the Acadia Parish Police Jury voted to advertise for design and engineering services for two projects at Tuesday evening’s meeting.
According to Dan McGee, a Louisiana Disaster Recovery Team senior grant manager who addressed the Jury, engineering costs to determine sites for several generator projects to help keep water and sewer systems operating during times of disaster constitute the first project.
McGee also stated that the second proposed project approved by the Jury will hire a design team and architects to determine the feasibility and costs of a public safety building for Acadia Parish.
The parish adopted a disaster recovery plan in 2007, determining the two projects. The Louisiana Recovery Act will foot the costs of the architects and engineering study.
During a public meeting about a year ago in Acadia, the two projects were selected.
According to McGee, locations for the generators will be decided by the engineers to be hired. The architects and design managers, following a study, will determine what type of building will be used for the public safety building.
While most of the Jurors agreed on the need for both projects, Juror A.J. Broussard questioned the need for the second project. The former parish jail facility near the courthouse is being eyed as a possible location for the public safety building, and Broussard stated that the site could be better used as a parking lot for the downtown area.
The feasibility of constructing a new building or renovating the old jail will be determined by the people hired to complete the public safety building study, said McGee.