Barge is sold, removal within next 14 days
U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry’s office delivered good news to the St. Mary Parish Council Wednesday.
The sunken barge rig that has been partially blocking the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal for the last 15 months has been sold and will be removed soon, according to Landry aide Bill Stiles.
The rig was sold for $160,000 through bankruptcy proceedings of the rig’s owner, T. Moore Services, to LAD Services of Louisiana, a Stephensville fabrication and salvage company owned by Lee Dragna. Finalization of the sale is set for Aug. 2.
“That barge is going to be raised and brought over to the Morgan City salvage yard and will be cut up … within the next 10 to 14 days,” Stiles said.
Parish President Paul Naquin said the U.S. Corps of Engineers is working with Dragna on the removal plan.
In other business the council:
—Approved the sale of $6.865 million to Crews & Associates Investment Bankers of Little Rock with a 3.94 percent interest rate. The bonds are secured by proceeds from the 1 percent sales tax, according to attorney Jason Akers of Foley and Judell law firm. Crews submitted the lowest interest rate of three electronic bids opened at the beginning of the council meeting. Naquin said proceeds from the sale will be used for public property improvements at the Courthouse and the Blevins Building in Franklin as well as parish owned buildings in Morgan City.
—Told Verdunville resident Mark Bogan that his idea of establishing a scholarship fund for children of local military killed in combat will be explored.
—Heard reports from Naquin and Councilmen Butch Middleton and Albert Foulcard who attended the National Association of Counties annual convention in Portland, Oregon. Middleton said he will be meeting with local educators to introduce an online game at icivics.org developed to educate youth on government workings. He also will be working on bringing the organization’s prescription drug program to St. Mary Parish residents. Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange noted that Naquin who is president of the Louisiana Police Jury Association, was appointed to the NACO board of directors.
—Introduced an ordinance approving a $75 payment to members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustments for each meeting they attend.
—Passed a resolution of support urging the Corps of Engineers to issue the appropriate permits for construction of a permanent flood control structure on Bayou Chene.
—Approved allocations to the Morgan City Power Boat Association, $4,000; the Youth Planning Board, $5,000; Water and Sewer Commission 4 for the purchase of fire hydrants and engineering costs, $12,000; the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department for equipment purchase, $5,000; and the City of Franklin for the girls’ softball team, $1,000.
—Appointed Harlan M. Guillot Jr. to the Wards 5 and 8 Joint Sewer Commission; and Sharese Lightfoot to the 16th Judicial District Children and Youth Planning Board.