PLAQUEMINE — Shintech Louisiana LLC wants to begin a $1.5 billion expansion, reported Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. at Tuesday night’s parish council meeting, but before the corporation can do that, the parish needs to amend an ordinance.
The ordinance, if amended, will modify the boundaries of what is already known as the Shintech Louisiana LLC Industrial Area, to include an additional adjoining 2,558 acres the company purchased several years ago, Ourso said.
“We have to support this,” Ourso said. “They have spent $2 billion in our parish, and now they want to spend a billion and a half more. This will be good for the parish.”
The ordinance and the company’s plans will be discussed in a public hearing at 6 p.m. at the next regular council meeting, Feb. 18.
In other business, the council decided to keep Matt Jewell as council chairman and Warren “T-Notchie” Taylor as vice chair for the new year.
“I want to thank each of y’all, we’ve come a long way in the last couple of years, and we‘ll continue forward,” Jewell said.
“I’m proud of Iberville Parish that we do so well and that we keep out of the negative limelight, and that’s due to y’all.”
Also set for public hearing next month is another ordinance to be amended, this one regulating the types of culverts installed in public drainage ditches.
Ourso told the council and 15 people attending the meeting that while the parish requires property owners to purchase galvanized culverts and the parish will install them, the culverts are corroding in five to eight years and must be replaced by the parish and at its expense.
“I don’t know why — maybe there is acid in the soil or something,” Ourso said. He wants to change the ordinance to require concrete or “coated” corrugated culverts that are more expensive but will last longer.
Also Tuesday, a bid to replace the Musson Lane bridge in the Maringouin area was submitted by Sealevel Construction, Inc., for $605,000.
The item was discussed but not approved. The parish budgeted $800,000 to replace the bridge, built years ago over a borrow pit dug to build a nearby levee, and Sealevel’s bid was the lowest, Ourso said.
“The bridge is a big liability to the parish due to the condition it is in,” Ourso said.
He will meet with Jewell, whose district it is in, to discuss details before it is actually approved, Ourso said. Five other companies submitted bids ranging from $625,000 to $859,445.