Flood variance, condemnations OK’d
Franklin City Council members approved a flood variance and two property condemnations Tuesday.
The council gave the nod to a variance at 500G Ninth Street, which inspector Blake Steiner said would be recipient of a $24,000 grant from St. Mary Community Action Agency for renovations.
The home is valued at $29,000, which places the renovation over federal regulations of 50 percent and dictating flood insurance program compliance.
The base elevation requirement is 10 foot in that zone. The finished floor is at nine feet, requiring elevation.
But Steiner said FEMA has issued a preliminary flood map that will, when finalized, lower the elevation requirement for that property to eight feet.
He said he recommended the variance, and the council approved it.
The council also approved condemnation and ordered demolition of properties at 210 Hanson St. and 504 Boudreaux St.
Steiner also reported that the Safe Routes to Schools project has been bid and awarded by the state to contractor Byron Talbot of Terrebonne Parish.
In other business Tuesday:
–Utilities Director Dainae Prejean said a thorough survey of the area of Mary Lee Street is underway in an effort to finally determine the root causes of decades of water infiltration into sewer lines in that neighborhood. Prejean said smoke testing and camera inspection is ongoing in an effort to resolve problems for those residents.
–Ordinances were introduced declaring surplus properties and setting the speed limit to 15 mph on Perret Street.
–Ordinances were adopted setting the speed limit to 15 mph on Hanson Street, and fixing tax rates.
–Resolutions were approved lifting the open alcohol container law for the Centerville Booster Club Co-Ed Ragball Tournament set for June 13-14 at Caffery Park, and for the Hanson Baseball Alumni Tournament set for July 27-29 at Caffery Park. Both actions still prohibit glass containers.
–Resolutions were approved asking Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to make repairs to crossings at Willow Street and Northwest Boulevard; authorizing the mayor to release documents resolving a litigation claim, and supporting grant funding for the Bayou Beau Arts and Dance Program.
–The council approved Harris’ recommendation of reappointment of Dorothy Bradley to the civil service board.
–The council agreed to support sharing the building on Sterling Road by both veterans organizations in the city. It is owned by the state of Louisiana.