New Iberia nixes major street repairs - KLFY News 10

New Iberia nixes major street repairs


It may continue to be a bumpy ride for some drivers in New Iberia.

The city's 2013 Street Improvements Project has been nixed, because Mayor Hilda Curry says the city council was unwilling to pass her tax proposal last month.

"Without additional revenue I'm not going to continue to spend money on major capital projects and the $2 million we have left for the streets program can be used to pay down street debt that we have from prior years," says Mayor Curry.

Prior to the council's vote, 22 streets were on the city's list for re-pavement or modification.

"We certainly will continue to repair the roads," says Mayor Curry.

We reported last December that the city council and Iberia Parish Council voted to split the cost of Daspit Rd. The first inter-governmental agreement to split the cost of fixing a road in over a dozen years. But, with the absence of a city roads program, parish councilman David Ditch says him and his colleagues will most likely withdraw their support.

"That money was dedicated only under that pretense of the money being matched for the city," says Ditch.

Daspit Rd. is in city councilwoman Natalie Robin's district. She says finding the over $370,000 needed to repair it wasn't easy and now isn't over.

"I do plan on going to my council with a resolution in order to pull the funds from the street program," says Robin.  

Ditch says he's still open to helping robin and the city repair Daspit Rd, if they can come up with the matching funds.

"At the end of the day we represent the city and the parish residents, so hopefully we can continue to help the city as they go through their problems," says Ditch.

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