Berwick Council seeks grants for capital projects

BERWICK — Town leaders supported four resolutions of support for upcoming state capital outlay projects during their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

If approved by the state, the projects will include:

—Purchasing an additional 150 water meters to connect customers to an existing 12-inch water line in Old Berwick at an estimated cost of $35,000.

—Improve deep gravity sewer lines on Fourth, Sixth, Texas, Francis and Utah streets at an estimated cost of $132,000.

—Reconstruct Old Spanish Trail from Pattie Drive to La. 182. This includes the widening and subsurface drainage of a little over 1.5 miles of roadway at an estimated cost of slightly over $6 million.

—Construction of a sewerage collection system on Old Spanish Trail and La. 182 at an estimated cost of $2.8 million.

These projects must go through the 2012-13 legislative budget process.

The town council also approved a resolution of support for the Local Government Assistance Program and introduced an ordinance granting a 15-foot servitude on the western boundary of Renwick Subdivision. The servitude is designed to allow for maintenance and serve as a boundary between the subdivision and the neighboring property owned by Whitney Bank.

In other action, Mayor Louis Ratcliff announced the town recently was notified it has received a transportation enhancement program grant to place additional sidewalks south of the railroad tracks in Berwick. The grant was applied for approximately four months ago. No date has been given yet for when work is expected to begin.

Also, the town’s Christmas lighting ceremony, complete with a visit from Santa Claus, will be Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at town hall and is open to the public.

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