Water rates for apartment, mobile home occupants set

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A rate schedule for fees covering residents of mobile home parks and apartment complexes in the parish has been adopted by the Bossier Parish police jury acting as the board of supervisors for the parish consolidated waterworks/sewerage district.

Members voted unanimously to set water usage fees at a minimum of $30 for each 2,000 gallons of water for mobile home and apartment complex dwellers that are not on individual water meters.

“We have apartment complex and trailer parks that are on a master water meter,” said Bossier Parish Engineer Butch Ford. “Our staff met and determined what would be a fair way to charge them, either as residential or commercial.”

Ford said the staff opted to charge residential rates to those on master meters. The rate schedule is based on an average use of 2,000 gallons, and each property will be monitored on a case-by-case basis.

“If the usage increases to 3,000 the bill would be $32.50 per unit,” Ford explained. Since the owners of the apartments and mobile home parks will be responsible for payment, empty spaces or unoccupied apartments will not be billed, he added.

Ford later asked jury members to approve replacement permits on the bridge at Swan Lake Rd. at Willow Chute Bayou and Flat River and a bridge on Smith Rd. over the Flat River. Ford said Bossier City had removed one of its water lines that had been attached to the bridge on Swan Lake Rd. to facilitate the replacement. The bridge is located just to the east of its intersection with Airline Dr.

“We will take the bridge out during Thanksgiving and put two eight-foot tank cars there. This is a temporary replacement until we can put permanent repairs in there,” Ford said.