PORT ALLEN — The West Baton Rouge Parish Council agreed Thursday to remove one set of speed bumps on Louise Drive in Brusly’s Morrison Town neighborhood at the request of Councilwoman Naomi Fair.
Calvin Young, a resident of Louise Drive, had originally asked the council for speed bumps, which were installed earlier this year.
Young, Fair said, had submitted a petition asking for the speed bumps, but she learned later that other neighbors along Louise Drive did not want them.
“When word got out to some of the other people that didn’t sign the petition, it turned out that they were against the speed bumps,” Fair said. “There’s a group that’s against the speed bumps and another group that’s for the speed bumps.”
Louise Drive connects River Road with La. 1. Young said motorists regularly exceed the posted 25 mph speed limit and don’t stop at the four-way stop sign at Bertha Avenue.
Young told the council that he would be satisfied if the speed bumps in front of his house remained, but had no objection if the second set farther down the street was removed.
The council agreed, but Council Chairman Gary Spillman said a new speed bump installation policy would be studied.
“We’re in the process of writing up a speed bump policy,” Spillman said. “In the future, the policy will be stated that speed bumps will have to stay there for a minimum of one year.”
Other business coming before the council included:
SPENDING DECISIONS: The council approved a $181,492 change order for the Lynndale subdivision sewage project. The new addition calls for the installation of two 24-inch drainage pipes underneath La. 1. Parish Engineer Kevin Gravois said Magnolia Construction will bore under the highway and have an additional 30 days to complete the overall project.
The council also accepted Blue Stream Services’ low bid of $558,550 to purchase 29 natural gas-powered emergency generators to power parish drainage lift stations when needed and Tullier Services’ $258,000 bid for the installation. Parish Executive Assistant Jason Manola said the funding for the generators came from the Louisiana Recovery Authority.