Councilwoman Robin wants 'fair share' of road money - KLFY News 10

Councilwoman Robin wants 'fair share' of road money

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Nearly $1.5 million has been earmarked for New Iberia's Street Improvements Project 2013 with less than 1 percent going towards City Councilwoman Natalie Robin's district.

"I feel that my district only seeing .7 percent of the total amount allocated is kind of unfair," says Robin.

Robin and Mayor Hilda Curry held a closed-door meeting at City Hall on Monday where Robin says the topic of conversation was the lack of funding for roads in District One.

"The mayor informed me that she will meet with the engineers tomorrow and discuss some options about Daspit Rd.," says Robin.

Other districts will see more of a share of the budget than District One's $11,200.  

Taking the most is District Four at about 48 percent, which totals about $719,000 in improvements.

Robin says she's not trying to compete, she's just wants to see major problems on Daspit Rd. fixed.

"The entire road is going to cost over $700,000 to repair and replace, so I understand we can't do that whole road, but I would like at least a portion done, because they've been attempting to fix it piece meal with the pot holes and it's just not working out," says Robin.  

Resident Jerry Viator says the portion of Daspit Rd. he would like to see done is the curve, which is located about a quarter of a mile from the intersection of Daspit Rd. and Jane St.

"I had a cousin get killed around this curve years ago, into a tree right here…It's a dangerous curve and the road is bad. With the cars sometimes rocks are flying when they come around that curve," says Viator.

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