Council members quickly jumped into a long discussion of the city’s Street Asphalt Program. New Iberia is currently under a consent decree to meet waste water/sewer requirements. At the same time, the council has a list of 15 streets desperately in need of repair. Some suggest completing all sewer work before resurfacing but it leads to problem number one.
Mayor Hilda Curry explained, “There are some streets that are in such poor condition, one that they spoke about was Johnson Alley, Bradley Lane. And there is a concern about cost increases. The longer you wait, the cost of completing the work increases."
The next problem; if roads in need of repair are fixed now, and the city then discovers sewer work is needed, the streets would have to be torn up and costs would rise again.
“I do not think it would be beneficial to complete asphalt work and then come back and do sewer repairs and tear up the roads again,” said Curry.
The mayor suggested postponing the project for six months for further evaluation. Ultimately, it was decided to postpone discussion for one month. Before adjournment, city attorney Trey Haik took the podium for a career changing announcement.
“For years now, I have been interested in the position of city judge. The opportunity came, Judge Segura is going to retire. I thought about it with my family and law partners and I came to the decision to run for that office," said Haik before officially resigning his position.
Haik expects to jump heavily into campaigning within the coming weeks. New Iberia attorney Scott Decuir was immediately nominated and appointed as the new city attorney.
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