NEW IBERIA — The cost to plug leaks at Spanish Lake will cost an additional $5,750.
The Iberia Parish Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to increase funding for repairs to the Spanish Lake overflow control structure.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will oversee the work. The project’s original cost to the parish was set at $10,000 during the council’s Jan. 12 meeting.
Jody David, a wildlife and fisheries biologist, said that after examining the control structure they found that more steel pilings were needed.
“We want to fix that structure,” David said. “We want to stop it leaking.”
St. Martin Parish will share the cost with Iberia, David said. The total cost of the project will be more than $30,000 with each parish paying half, he added. That cost will be paid back to the parishes once the wildlife and fisheries office receives a grant for the project.
Also during the meeting, the council went into executive session for 20 minutes to discuss a suit that Sugar Hill Estates subdivision resident Ray Gary filed that aims to stop the parish from changing zoning near his home.
Gary’s suit attempts to stop the rezoning of property that fronts La. 88 next to the subdivision from residential to commercial, Parish Council Chairman Roger Duncan said.
The council passed a resolution June 22 to rezone the property despite protests from Sugar Hill Estates residents who said that plans to put a Dollar General Store there will hurt property values.
The council took no action after the executive session.
Also during the meeting, Dane Connell, a representative for garbage collection company IESI, said they were trying to address complaints from customers who said some residents’ trash was not being picked up and some new cans were not being delivered.
He said all complaints were being logged and will be addressed.
IESI took over collection services in the parish from Waste Management on Aug. 1, Duncan said.
The company is issuing new garbage cans to rural residents, and residents can purchase additional cans for $10, he said. The company also will empty the square-shaped Waste Management cans for now, but they will not empty the older round cans because their trucks are not equipped to handle them.