OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish government is requesting state funding for two rural water systems to expand water lines to subdivision customers.
The parish is seeking $50,000 to connect about 10 residences to the Bayou Des Cannes Water System off U.S. 190 west of Eunice and another $50,000 for about 50 residential expansions to the Water District No. 3 North Wilderness Subdivision north of Three Mile Lake off 190 between Port Barre and Krotz Springs.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said these customers are now using private water wells for their water needs.
Although each of the projects may not cost $50,000 each, Fontenot said, applying for that amount should help ensure that each of them obtain full funding.
“The state does not always fund totally if you ask for the exact amount of the project,” Fontenot told the Parish Council on Wednesday.
In another matter, the council voted to add a memorial sign near Eunice along a portion of Sunflower Road that will be designated as George Soileau Memorial Road.
At a committee meeting this month, Councilman Coby Clavier asked Fontenot whether Sunflower Road could be renamed George Soileau Road in honor of the respected businessman well known in the Eunice area.
But parish 911 Communications Director Jude Moreau said Wednesday that it’s difficult and expensive to change the names of existing roads. He noted that changing street names requires the consent of 75 percent of the residents living on the roads in addition to the extra costs to each resident to change the road name on their driver’s licenses, mortgage payments and other documents.
“Usually with changes of addresses, some of the residents also become obscured, since it takes some time to change their addresses. That can turn out badly for emergency responders and (the 911 system) is against it,” Moreau said.
He suggested a memorial road sign is the best way to honor Soileau rather than a street name change.
In another matter, Wilkens Jones, among those residents supporting the creation of a parishwide library system, addressed the council.
Jones said a parishwide library would help public school students who he said are at a disadvantage for scholarship funding because of inferior library facilities.
Council member Mildred Thierry said she supports the creation of the library system, but she does not favor a tax to fund it.
Fontenot, who has said that St. Landry is the only parish in the state that does not have a parishwide library system, said he is exploring funding options.