Lafayette Consolidated Government has a major project to get underway. It's one that will hopefully improve drainage throughout Lafayette Parish. Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison was once a Lafayette City-Parish Councilman.
As a councilman he went looking for money to clean the Coulee Il des Cannes. "So this is four years I'm here. That project has been on the books six or seven years now," says the mayor.
Morrison pushed for LCG to apply for the Gustav/Ike Disaster Community Development Recovery Grant. Last year, the grant was approved for about $3.8 million. Morrison refers to the coulee clean-up as a project that's on the top of his list.
“The last thing a growing city needs are drainage problems. Cleaning Coulee Ile des Cannes is probably the biggest project of this entire city. This needed to be done 50 years ago," explains Morrison.
Another major player in getting this project moving is LCG Councilman Kevin Naquin. "A great feeling. We just have to stick with it, Purvis and I; the Mayor of Scott just continue to watch over the project and make sure we get this thing rolling," says Naquin.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is to pass that public works has contributed $422,000 in engineering costs. It's an amount less than enough to complete the entire project, but enough to get it started.
LCG Community Development Director Patricia Leyendecker says the $422,000 will not come out of the grant money. Therefore, leaving the entire $3.8 million available for the coulee improvement.
"We're in the process of doing all the engineering, all of the plans and everything that goes into leading up to construction," adds Leyendecker. "This canal goes up into Acadia Parish and down into Vermillion," says Morrison.
Morrison calculates the entire project to cost about $6 million. He says Scott will contribute $675,000. That’s a contribution to be paid-out over the course of three years.
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