GREENSBURG — The St. Helena Police Jury has agreed to divide $100,000 in expected Louisiana Government Assistance Program funds between two building projects.
When the money arrives, jurors said, $70,000 would go toward construction of a road at the 5th Ward Recreation Park on La. 16, where a new community center/emergency shelter is planned.
The remaining $30,000 would go toward construction of the new Montpelier Town Hall, they said.
Other business the Police Jury considered during its meeting Tuesday included:
JAIL UPGRADE: Solar project engineer Morgan Watson reported the St. Helena Parish Jail retrofit is nearly complete.
Watson said the jail’s solar hot water system is finished and the electrical system is expected to be installed and functional within a week or 10 days.
Watson said outside the meeting that the project ran over the estimated cost because of the inexperience of workers, who took longer than expected to complete the work.
The jury hired and trained workers for the job in the hope of helping residents gain skills and jobs in the solar-installation industry.
The jury has requested an additional $12,000 from the state Department of Natural Resources for completion of the job.
Watson said the project was funded with $72,000 in federal stimulus money and another $141,000 in grant funds left over from completed courthouse renovations.
MILLAGE RATES: The Police Jury approved millage rate increases that add $2,988 a year to the parish’s annual property tax collections.
Total property millage revenues for 2011 are now estimated at $527,917, officials said.
The increases are the result of reassessments in property values, jurors said.