“It’s a red letter day in Bossier Parish,” parish engineer Butch Ford told members of the Bossier Parish Police Jury last Wednesday.

Ford said contractors are currently in the process of tying in all the systems on the parish’s $55 million wastewater treatment project, telling jurors “…things are starting to come together.”

Flooding this year, combined with the flood event of 2015, delayed completion of the project, Ford explained. But, he said, contractors have now reached the stage where “…we will see how things work very shortly.”

One benefit of the parish sewer system is already being realized, Ford said. He told jury members that hardly a day goes by without landowners in the U.S. Hwy. 80 area calling, wanting to tie onto the system and develop their property.

“This would never have happened in the density they’re talking about without your foresight in making this happen, joining with our legislators and parish attorney to get this done,” Ford told the jury.

Ford and other members of his staff reportedly are currently meeting with owners of a privately owned large sewer system in northern Bossier Parish, hoping to add that the parish system. Ford said purchasing the system would help development in the area.

Ginger Adam Corley, who lobbies the state legislature on behalf of the police jury, reported Bossier Parish is in good shape for both state funding and legislation. She praised the northwest Louisiana legislative delegation for their leadership, saying this was a group she could depend on for assistance.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the police jury:

Heard reports from Kent Rogers with the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG) and Tamara Crane from the Bossier Council on Aging.

Adopted millage rates for 2016, adopted EMS user fee for 2016 and adopted the acreage tax for 2016.

Denied approval of a plat of the proposed Hernandez Haven subdivision; approved a minor plat for Hamiter, et al; approved a minor plat for David Trowbridge; approved plat of the proposed development of Bellevue Road subdivision; approved survey map for John David Doyal.

Scheduled a public hearing to consider approval of the plat of proposed development of Canal Place subdivision.

Approved change orders on the wastewater collection system.

Adopted a resolution supporting Cellxion and allowing them to receive benefits of the Quality Jobs Program.

Adopted a resolution congratulating Benton Middle School’s archery team for winning the 2016 middle school world championship at the National Archery in the Schools Program tournament.

Approved certificate of substantial completion for the National Cyber Research Park Project Shore office building and data center.

Approved supplemental agreement to the owner engineer agreement between Bossier Parish Police Jury and Forte and Tablada, Inc. for replacement of the Sligo Rd. bridge over Foxskin Bayou.

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