Surcharge proposed for Morgan City power plant
MORGAN CITY, La. —Mayor Tim Matte proposed a surcharge of 2.25 mil per kilowatt hour to pay for repairs and improvements to the Joseph Cefalu Steam Plant, which exploded and burned on June 26.
The proposed power bill surcharge, consultants recommended putting a breaker in front of the transformer at the steam plant, instead of the switches that are currently there, Matte said.
“The breaker will provide us more security … and provide us more protection for the new transformer when it comes in,” Matte said. The cost of installation and cost of relocating the used transformer is estimated at $385,000, Matte said.
The cost would be an additional $2.25 per 1,000 kilowatt hours, he said.
The City Council reintroduced an ordinance that would require residents in Marquis Manor and the not yet constructed Hellenic Inc. residential development, to put all recreational vehicles in carports or enclosures, or put up a 6-foot-tall wall or opaque fence, or park vehicles behind the front building line.
The ordinance would also apply to the downtown area, which would include Federal Avenue to Front Street, Railroad Avenue to Greenwood Street, and extending down Second Street until it intersects with Terrebonne Street, Matte said.
The proposed parking ordinance would allow such parking for up to 14 consecutive days, but, after that, vehicles would be required to be enclosed on lots and off the street.
Some residents expressed concerns about the proposed ordinance just applying to certain sections of the city and about some people not having the ability to enclose or park their vehicles, including boats, elsewhere.
But some residents support the ordinance.
“A lot of the people who are complaining are complaining about people who park their boats or trailers in the street or park them in their front yards that contain things like crab traps,” said Morgan City Chief Administrative Officer Lorrie Braus said.
Mayor Tim Matte proposed separating the Zoning and Land Development Code and the provisions having to do with recreational vehicles.
Matte explained what the Land and Development Code ordinance would include. “We are seeking input for all the non-commercial buildings in the city of Morgan City. Those building standards include three-sided architecture,” he said. “In a nutshell, we would not allow in the future plain metal building construction,” Matte said.
The council voted to approve the finance committee’s recommendations to approve moving the purchase of a $218,898 new fire truck, which had already been approved for the 2013 budget, in the 2012 amended budget for the fire department and to approve a new backhoe for the public works department. The fire department is in immediate need of a new fire truck due to a truck recently going out of service, said Fire Chief Morris Price. The truck should be delivered before the end of the year by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, councilman Larry Bergeron said.
The backhoe will be paid for with one-third of the cost coming from the general fund, one-third from the utilities out of capital additions and contingencies and one-third from sanitation out of Sewer Lab Fund for a total of $63,505.32.
Three other ordinances were introduced. One proposed ordinance would require windows that have been broken in inhabited homes to be fully repaired within 30 days with materials consistent with the construction of the building.
The issuance and sale refunding bonds ordinance was introduced to refund existing utility bonds, which is estimated to save about $50,000 in debt service by taking advantage of lower rates, Matte said.