WBR president briefs council on recycling upgrades

West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley “Peewee” Berthelot told the Parish Council on Thursday that replacing the small recycling bins with larger 96-gallon carts was completed and new recycling route pickup dates had been implemented.

“A lot of people just don’t have room to put a 96-gallon trash can out along with a 96-gallon recycling can at the same time,” Berthelot said. “That’s why we set a different date just for recycling.”

Berthelot said a parishwide effort was made to inform West Baton Rouge residents of the new pickup days:

Monday is the recycling collection day for the area north of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway including Erwinville and Rosedale, but not including the city of Port Allen.

Tuesday is for recycling pickups south of the Intracoastal canal, east of La. 1, including Brusly and Addis.

Wednesday is reserved for recycling pickups in the area south of the canal and west of La. 1, including Brusly and Addis.

Other business handled by the council included:

EMERGENCY PUMPS: Parish Executive Assistant Jason Manola told the council that the 27 emergency pumps purchased with Louisiana Recovery Authority money had been delivered and were being installed.

Manola said the pumps are powered by natural gas, so gas lines were being installed to serve the parish lift stations.

AVERY LAKES: The council gave up an unused 80-foot servitude at the Avery Lakes subdivision on the Boulanger property. Parish Council Chairman Gary Spillman suggested the council also release the servitude for adjacent property owners who had not yet requested the change.

“When the other lot owners learn we gave up the servitude on the Boulanger plot, they’ll all be asking for their servitude back,” Spillman said.

Avery Lakes is located off Rosedale Road and Rebelle Lane a few miles past La. 415.

The council directed the parish attorney and zoning commission to make a recommendation on returning the servitude to the affected Avery Lakes property owners.

ZONING DECISIONS: The council approved zoning changes at Kahao Estate near Allendale Plantation, Reverend Manual Street, Red Hat Road and approved the final plat for Sugar Mill Estates.

Kahao Estate was rezoned from light industrial to special use permit. On Reverend Manual Street, lots 17A, 17B and 17C in the Marrionneaux subdivision were rezoned from patio home to residential single family.

The Red Hat Road rezoning allowed a rezoning from patio home to residential single family classification.