At it’s Tuesday November 3rd meeting, the Bossier City Council voted to move forward with the 2016 budgets for the City of Bossier City (including the General Operating Budget and the Water and Sewer Budget). District 2 Councilman Jeff Darby proposed an amendment to the Operating Budget causing Councilman-At-Large Tim Larkin to ask some questions regarding the timing of this amendment as it relates to the 2016 budgeting process.
In terms of the water and sewer budget, an issue has arisen involving a problem at the city’s new water and sewer plant located on the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway. Councilman At-Large David Montgomery has worked extensively on this situation and says that the problem revolves around some bad pipes that need to be replaced. Discussion has taken place at previous city council meetings determining that some possible repair solutions do exist and could alleviate the problem (temporarily). However, it has been duly noted at previous meetings (and once again at yesterday’s meeting) that the problem is never going to go away 100 percent until the pipes are completely replaced. According to Councilman Montgomery, failure to replace the pipes as soon as possible could potentially cost the city up to $4 million dollars (+) – as the pipe situation continues to worsen, resulting in an even bigger problem.
In replacing the pipes, the City of Bossier City plans to work with the company that installed the pipes originally. Due to the necessary pipe replacement, the new water and sewer plant on the ART Parkway will go offline within the next few weeks. The city will switch to the old water and sewer plant during this process. The council stated that Bossier City residents should notice absolutely no changes in quality of service whatsoever during this entire process. The new water and sewer plant should be back online some time during the last part of April in 2016 (with pipes replaced).
In other matters, the council also voted to move forward with the planned improvement project for Viking Drive in north Bossier City. The improvements will take place along Viking Drive between Airline Drive and Swan Lake Road. Viking Drive will be widened to five lanes as a part of the improvement project. Work on this project is expected to be complete some time in 2017.