ST. FRANCISVILLE — Residents and businesses across the parish will have new water fees after the West Feliciana Parish Council unanimously passed an ordinance establishing uniform rates and fees to be charged by the Consolidated Water District No. 13 and the Tunica Water System.
The new fees cover meter installation and water usage for residents and commercial establishments. Other miscellaneous fees such as cutoff and reconnect, transfers, late charges and NSF fees are included.
Parish President Kevin Couhig said the new rates were made after a survey of surrounding areas and will help offset a $125,000 deficit created by the previous rates.
“These (new) rates are where we need to be,” Couhig told the Council.
The previous Parish Council had voted to change the rates, but council Chairman Mel Percy said there was some question whether the vote was done correctly, so another vote was necessary by the current council.
In other action Monday, the council:
Approved a bid by Diamond B. Construction for $325,500 to replace the wooden bridge along Island Road over Scott Creek. The new bridge will be a concrete structure raised above the flood plain, benefitting 42 to 45 residents in the area.
Adopted an ordinance prohibiting large trucks from accessing The Bluffs by Freeland Road from La. 966.
Upheld a ruling by the Planning and Zoning Commission denying rezoning of a parcel of land along U.S. 61 for a proposed storage yard.
Also, Couhig introduced attorney Danny Garrett, whom the council approved unanimously to serve as outside legal counsel on an as-needed basis. Garrett has a long history of serving municipal and parish bodies and he is a former attorney for the Louisiana Police Jury Association.
The meeting began with Percy announcing the death of Assistant District Attorney Mike Hughes, who served as legal counsel for the police jury and then the council for many years along with a number of other public boards and commissions. Hughes died April 9.
“I appreciated his honest candor and guidance,” Percy said, followed by a prayer from pastor and Councilman John Thompson.