According to St. Martinville mayor Thomas Nelson, the sewage system in his city was ignored for decades, and needs major attention. They've already made emergency plans if the main pump station fails, which could happen any day but will it be in time?
"That station has just about had it," says Nelson.
St. Martinville mayor Thomas Nelson says portions of the city's sewage system has been neglected for decades.
"Putting a band aid, a band aid," explains Nelson, "Now a band aid won't work, and we just have to bite the bullet."
Nelson is talking about the main pump station located at the city's public works barn. He says patch work is the only thing that's kept it running since it was installed over 50 years ago.
"From the acid and the salt in the sewer is even eating the concrete in the steel that's in the concrete, and the electrical parts of it is obsolete," confirms Nelson.
Nelson feels the station which pumps all the raw sewage from the other seven sub stations in the city could fail any day, but says they're prepared with a rented auxiliary pump.
Nelson says, "would be very costly, but we hope it don't come to that and we can go ahead and complete the project before anything happens."
The complete upgrade will cost $2 million, but the bidding process won't start until six months down the road.
At the same time a lift station near Martin Luther King Drive is over loaded and with rain mixed in can leave flooding waters for nearby residents. A $2 million grant will allow the city to move the lift
station and re route most of it's load to another one.
"That station has hardly any capacity in it right now, and there's not too much going into it. So that should resolve that problem," affirms Nelson.
Other projects on the horizon for St. Martinville in 2013 is an $800,000 cityscape that will beautify the historical district.