HAMMOND — A persistent problem with foul odors emanating from the city’s main sewer treatment plant on Fagan Drive may be solved soon, thanks to a $1 million grant to improve the plant.
Mayor Mayson Foster told the City Council on Tuesday that the Community Development Block Grant from the state will fund upgrades to the treatment plant.
Foster said the money will be used to install a pre-treatment unit that should eliminate the odors.
Also on Tuesday, the council voted to amend its recently agreed-to contract with Livingston Waste for the collection of recyclable materials. Under the new agreement, all residences in the city will be provided with 35-gallon covered recycle containers. These containers will replace the current oblong, uncovered receptacles now in use.
The new contract calls for a fee of $2.95 per household per month for the recycle bins, an increase of $1.10 per month over the original agreement.
Foster noted the city’s Keep Hammond Beautiful committee had complained the original open containers led to more litter because recyclables would frequently blow out of them.
Jack Fridge, a representative of Livingston Waste, said the new containers will be delivered to homes during the first two weeks of January. He said his company plans to conduct educational programs on the proper use of the receptacles and said he anticipates that more people will recycle materials with the new system.
Foster said the old green recycle boxes belong to Progressive Waste. The mayor said he does not know when the old boxes will be collected.
In other business, Foster said the control tower at Hammond’s Northshore Regional Airport will be dedicated on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Airport Director Jason Ball said installation of equipment in the tower should be completed soon and be operational within the next few weeks.
The tower, built at a cost of about $1.67 million, was funded by federal, state and local grants. Personnel from the Louisiana Army National Guard’s aviation division, which is headquartered at Hammond Airport, will operate the tower.