SCOTT — The City Council agreed Thursday to match the $775,000 from the Lafayette City-Parish Government for the Coulee Ile Des Cannes project to extend it to Delhomme Road.
The city will match the $775,000 over a three-year period. Along with $3.8 million already allocated to the project from a hurricane relief fund, Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Kevin Naquin said, approximately $2 million more would get the project to extend to Interstate 10.
“A goal of mine is to get it to I-10,” said Naquin, who represents District 1, which incorporates Scott, on the City-Parish Council. “It is remarkable that this has been out there for 30 years and we are finally starting to see some movement. With the help of the city and the council, it will be a huge impact for the city of Scott as well as the incorporated areas. It is going to be a great plan.”
Mayor Purvis Morrison agreed.
“It’s a lot of money, but it’s a good deal,” the mayor said. “Spaced out, it’s not that bad. The coulee is not just for the city of Scott. It affects Vatican, Ossun, parts of Carencro all the way to Gloria Switch and into Acadia Parish. We are helping get this thing done and we don’t mind helping out because we know how important it is.”
Morrison said he expects construction to begin on the project in early 2014. Naquin said he is working to find the $2 million needed to extend the project to 1-10.
“I haven’t gotten back a ‘no,’ but I haven’t gotten a ‘yes’ either,” Naquin said. “I am contacting my state representatives to find out if there are any grants popping up that we could secure. While the project is moving forward, I want to try to lock that in and find another revenue source to complete it.”
Other items discussed during the meeting Thursday included:
DIRT PITS: The council also discussed putting in an ordinance on dirt pits in the city. The city does not have ordinances regulating dirt pits, but Morrison said the city plans on banning all future dirt pits in the city.
“We are getting complaints about people digging dirt pits close to property lines,” Morrison said. “Right now we have nothing telling them where they can and cannot dig. We’ve already decided we would not allow future dirt pits, but how do we regulate the ones that are already there?”
Morrison said the current dirt pits will be grandfathered in, but the council will discuss the regulations. City Attorney Bill Babin said the council would see expert help before finalizing the ordinance.
“I really think we need to look at this now,” Councilman Terry Montoucet said. “If we don’t, it will become a major problem.”