DONALDSONVILLE — City councilmen on Tuesday unanimously approved two measures to fund a $3.1 million sewer improvement project.
The first item involves borrowing up to $2.5 million in state sewer revenue bonds to fund the majority of a major trunk line relocation.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said he was told by an official with the state’s Department of Environmental Quality that the funds are “sitting there waiting for us.”
The city will reroute a sewer line at the pumping station located at the corner of Williams and St. Vincent streets.
The line, which currently pumps to St. Patrick Street, will be relocated east and run to a lift station behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter on La. 3089.
From there, Sullivan said, a new 20-inch trunk line will run under the railroad line out to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, located off the La. 70 spur.
The larger trunk line will be able to accommodate additional tie-ins from future developments in the area, Sullivan said.
The mayor added that the project will also alleviate drainage in the St. Patrick Street area, which sees regular flooding from overloaded drainage lines during heavy rains.
To cover the remaining $656,000 needed to fully fund the project, the council also agreed to proceed with preparation of documents required to issue the amount in taxable sewer revenue bonds.
Sullivan said the city approached the State Bond Commission with its initial request for $2.5 million for the project. However, the city had to rewrite its resolution to include the remainder and received no objection to do so.
In other news, Councilman Emile Spano said city trash collections typically scheduled for Thursday will not take place, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
He said trash collection crews working Friday will try to make some of the Thursday pickups, if there is time to do so.