Berwick Council accepts Renwick V engineering

Preliminary engineering on Phase V of Renwick Subdivision garnered approval Tuesday night.

Development of the final phase of the subdivision would be on the right side connecting to Riverside Drive. The 36 new lots are valued at an estimated $1.3 million.

It will take about four months to prepare to go out for bids on improving the land, Mayor Louis Ratcliff said.

The council directed engineers to prepare plans for all 36 lots and for 18 lots so they have options once the estimated costs become available.

The need for the new lots was apparent in the town’s planning and zoning report, which indicated 14 year-to-date new home permits valued at $3.28 million. The average value of the homes is $234,803. Meanwhile, some 16 lots have been sold in Renwick this year.

“The numbers reflect people are moving to Berwick,” Planning and Zoning Director Gary Beadle said.

Town attorney Allen McElroy said the cost of development would have to be borne by the town council and repaid through an intergovernmental agreement with the Berwick Development District.

“I don't think you’ll find any project in the State of Louisiana that has done more for the people,” McElroy added.

In other action, the council:

—Held public hearings which garnered no comment before approving the 2011-12 budget and amendments to the current year budget.

—Received Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution No. 208 congratulating St. Mary Parish for its flood fighting efforts earlier this summer.

—Learned from Ratcliff that he, along with other area mayors, signed a proclamation declaring Friday to be POW-MIA Recognition Day.

—Heard from schools Superintendent Don Aguillard and approved a resolution in support of the Oct. 22 school tax election.

—Approved a parade permit for the Tri-City Track Club to host their Double Trouble Road Race in Berwick Oct. 23.

—Adopted a resolution giving official approval of a five year sub-lease of waterfront property to the Baroid facility, represented by Jo Ann Hebert Butler.

—Approved the subdivision of a lot at the end of Sixth Street to satisfy an inheritance claim.

—Heard from parish council candidates Logan Fromenthal and Steve Bierhorst.

—Approved a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 Child Passenger Safety Week in Berwick.

—Noted that the 100th birthday party for lifelong Berwick resident Annette Bowman will be Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Berwick.

The full council was present for Tuesday’s meeting.

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