City runs into a $100,000 problem

Allison B. Hudson

On Tuesday night, Archie Chiasson, Director of the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District, faced the Donaldsonville City Council to tell them about a mishap that the city is held responsible for.

Most residents have noticed the dredging of the bayou for the past few months but now the project is by the Cy Bean bridge and a sewer line sits three feet deep and 25 feet south of the bridge. The problem is that the sewer line has to be removed in order for the workers to finish the project of dredging the bayou.

"Why are we just finding this out now," asked Council chairperson Raymond Aucoin.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan advised that the city does not have the funds to fix this problem which Chaisson said will cost approximately $100,000. Councilman Emile Spano said this is an impossible feeling and that the Fresh Water District will have to help us in the cost to continue with the project.

Councilman Lauthaught Delaney asked when an answer needed to be finalized, and Chaisson advised Wendesday morning.

Mayor Sullivan said the finances of the city will not change overnight and the bottom line is the city does not have the money.

Chaisson advised of four options to help assist in the project, where City Attorney Chuck Long said the best option would be the in-kind service, where arrangements would be made.

Councilmen will look at options further with the help of Attorney Long and make a decision in this problem.

In other business:

Council advised that Halloween hours will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.