LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has given Sewer Districts No. 1 and 2 permission to seek a state Community Development Block Grant to upgrade infrastructure and improve services.

However, the council chose to delay adopting a resolution Thursday that would have granted Sewer District No. 1 a green light to expand its service area.

The council instead asked that a public hearing on the issue be held and that district representatives come back to the council at a later date with more specifics about the expansion plan.

Mike Swain, representing Sewer District No. 1, told the council that the district’s directors wanted the council’s approval to begin what he termed a long-range project to determine what areas the district might serve in the future.

Swain emphasized that the actual installation of infrastructure that would support new drainage service was many years away for much of the area that the district seeks to serve.

Councilman Marshall Harris at one point asked Swain why the district had not reached out to serve already well-developed areas such as Juban and Eden Church roads.

Swain, and Eddie Hydel of the engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates, said despite growth in both areas, there are still insufficient numbers of customers to financially support providing the service.

This brought a response from Gerald Burns, who told the council that Juban Road is scheduled for widening, but the thoroughfare would not be improved until a proper sewer system is available to businesses and homes on the road.

Joey Stevenson, who operates a store in the Port Vincent area, said residents on the “south end of the parish” don’t want to be a part of a sewer system because they can’t afford the service.

After Swain agreed to a public hearing and to bring more specifics about possible expansion back to the council, the discussion ended.

Other business before the council included:

BRIDGE GRANT: Council members unanimously agreed to authorize Parish President Mike Grimmer to hire engineers Forte & Tablada Inc. to provide for engineering services for the Parishwide Drainage Improvements Project.

Grimmer said about $4.3 million has been allocated in hurricane recovery funds for replacement of six bridges in low-to-moderate income areas throughout the parish.