Parish adopts new budget, adds some allocations

Adoption of the 2014 spending plan by the St. Mary Parish Council Wednesday included three allocations previously left unfunded.
The adopted budget now includes allocations to the Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $1,000 from the general fund for its leadership program; $10,000 from the general fund for the Save Our Children mentoring program; and a total of $10,000 — half from the gaming fund and half from the Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10 three-tenths sales tax fund — to the Landmarks Society for Grevemberg House Museum repairs.
Also added is up to $20,000 to Water and Sewer Commission 1 for a sewer line extension project along Duhon Road in Amelia.
The total is one-third of the cost of the project that will come from equal transfer of funds from the gaming and sanitation funds.
The council also adopted the five-year capital outlay plan. Top projects listed in the 2014 fiscal year of the plan include major improvements to the courthouse and the adjacent Blevins Building in Franklin with bond proceeds.
In other business the council:
—Adopted an ordinance raising the salary of Lisa Morgan, the council clerk, to $24.22 an hour from $23.63.
—Passed resolutions on a professional services agreement with Edmonson Associates on technical assistance services; the endorsement of participation in the Quality Jobs Program by DLS LLC; an amendment on the agreement with T. Baker Smith LLC on the Amelia Pump Station and drainage improvements project; and on the defeasance and call for redemption of certain maturities of the 2005 outstanding general obligation bonds.
—Passed resolutions authorizing applications for funds from the Governor’s Local Government Assistance Program for construction of sidewalks along Lake Palourde Road in Amelia from Aucoin Road to Waterworks Road and along Cypremort Road between La. 318 and Big Four Corners Road in western St. Mary Parish, and for reconstruction and overlay of Centerville Bridge Approach Road between La. Hwy. 182 and 87 near Centerville.
The council will meet in the final session of 2013 next week on Wednesday, Dec. 18, a week early due to the upcoming Christmas holiday.

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