ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish Council introduced an ordinance Monday designed to provide more detail and specifics of parish Green Law regulations.
On Councilman Bill May's suggestion, the council agreed to give the parish’s Planning and Zoning Commission up to 180 days to provide its recommendations for new green space regulations for the parish’s Land Use Code.
Two more ordinances were on the agenda to be introduced, but May wanted Planning and Zoning and the public to have adequate time for input. The council set the public hearing for Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.
“I want P&Z to have plenty of time to come back with a good recommendation to us and they’ll have plenty of time to hash out this ordinance,” May said.
The other two ordinances, one considering signage and outdoor advertising and the other the imposition of fees and requirements for bonds for heavy equipment operators, were tabled for the future.
No timetable was set for Planning and Zoning to come back with a green space recommendation for the council to consider.
Earlier, Parish President Kevin Couhig updated the council on damage to parish bridges from the heavy rain in October. Although he made an emergency declaration after the storms, Couhig said damage for a four-parish area didn’t reach the $6.4 million threshold necessary for funding through the state.
He said the parish plans to tap into the “Rainy Day” Account to pay for repairs to two bridges that will total between $200,000 and $225,000. The bridge on Comeaux Road over Sanders Creek will require about $130,000 for a single-lane steel bridge and will take six to eight weeks. The bridge on Plettenberg Road over Polly Creek will require about $73,000 for repairs that will take four to five weeks to complete.
Couhig also discussed three projects in the Hardwood subdivision. He said a drainage project to alleviate flooding in Hardwood was funded. A survey has been conducted regarding sidewalks in the community. Speed bumps have been purchased and received and will soon be placed on the roads.
The council also voted to authorize Couhig to sign a contract with ARCADIS for engineering services and management of a hazard mitigation program.