Road projects, lake houses going ahead
By: JEAN L. KAESS
MORGAN CITY — Leaders here received updates on upcoming events and ongoing projects during their Tuesday council meeting.
Bond money was received March 19 for the road update project, and the overlay patch in Phase I is about two-thirds complete. Cold planing is due to start on Sixth Street next, followed by asphalt and an overlay. Phase I consists of Sixth and Second streets, Ditch Avenue and portions of Union and Third streets, Mayor Tim Matte said.
On David Drive, Veterans Boulevard and Youngs Road in Phase II, work will begin April 2.
Engineering work on Victor II Boulevard for Phase III is under way. It is slated to be complete in mid-May, the mayor said.
Meanwhile, the parish construction project on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will begin next week.
Planning on the lake house project for Lake End Parkway is progressing, with an April 9 meeting set since the state concurred with the city’s plans. The city, however will have to work around boat races planned for later this year as construction will take at least 170 days once bids are awarded.
In other action, the board:
—Agreed to allow the Morgan City Power Boat Association to use Lawrence Park and allowed open alcoholic container for a Waves of Thunder Poker Run fundraiser April 28.
—Agreed to allow the Morgan City Power Boat Association to use the facilities in conjunction with Lake End Park and allowed open alcoholic containers for Waves of Thunder boat races July 7-8. The Eastern Divisionals have been awarded to Morgan City.
—Learned the Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Fest will be held in Morgan City April 12-14 and allowed open alcoholic containers should the group decide to sell those products, and learned that civic organizations are being sought to sell alcohol and food for the festival. Contact the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau if interested.
—Approved $2,201 in additional expenditures left off the original approvals for Rhythms on the River festivities which begin April 13.
—Approved a 3.2 percent increase in health insurance premiums for city employees.
—Learned the actual total of revenue in general and ancillary funds exceeded budget by $91,600. In the utility fund, the actual revenues are under budget by $530,900, with operational expenses also under budget by $565,500. For sanitation and sewer funds, operating revenues are $5,000 over budget with total operating expenses under budget by $55,000.
—Received an extended update on the 200-page draft document for the land use plan and zoning code update project. Public meetings will be held in the future on the topic and the document will be placed on the city’s website for public viewing.
—Set a redistricting workshop to be held April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
—Approved resolutions authorizing the purchase of three pumps from Polymer Feed Pumps, $7,362; a leak detection system from EGW in Carrollton, Texas, $47,600; two metering pumps from Novatech International, $813; and a fully equipped police patrol unit from the state, $30,000.
—Appointed Scott Melancon to the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District.
—Approved Simon Perico Perez and La Morita Meat Market, 1230 Victor II Blvd., for a Class B Package Liquor License.