ST. FRANCISVILLE — The Police Jury approved the long-awaited Independence sewer project Tuesday night in a move designed to bring sewage service to about 200 residents of southern West Feliciana Parish.

John Hashagen, public works superintendent for the parish, said the system should become financially stable by the fourth year of operation.

Residents in the area served by the system will be required to hook into the new sewer lines, according to both state and federal regulations.

Residents using the system would pay a flat rate of $35 per month. Grants will be made available to qualified, low-income residents to pay the cost of initial hookup to the system .

In another public works matter, the jury awarded a contract  for replacement of some 54-inch culverts on La. 66 to Spinks Construction of St. Francisville.

The company’s base bid was $77,705, considerably under the original $135,000 estimate for the job.

Other business coming before the jury Tuesday night included:

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Jury President Ken Dawson told jurors the state has notified the parish that it would no longer discuss unapproved industrial sites with prospective businesses thinking of moving to Louisiana.

Dawson said the requirements for getting such sites approved are being sent to the parish.

The Police Jury will have to see what will be necessary to get the planned industrial area in the southern part of the parish certified under the state program, he said.

HEALTH UNIT: The jury approved transfer of the Parish Health Unit building to the Hospital Service District.

COURTHOUSE ANNEX: The jury hired Johnson Architectural Studio LLC to design and oversee renovations to the heating and air-conditioning systems in the parish courthouse annex.

BRIDGE INSPECTIONS: The jury was notified that bridge inspectors would be in the parish on Wednesday to certify bridges under the federal bridge replacement program.