With passage of the 2014 Bond Issue, drainage and drainage equipment needs are finally being addressed. Over the last several months, approximately $773,000 of the $1,000,000 allocation was used to purchase a marsh buggy ($155,267), a grappler truck ($139,994), an excavator ($151,000), and a street sweeper ($219,283). Delivery of an 18 wheeler cab and low boy trailer ($107,070.76) to transport equipment is expected to be delivered in the upcoming weeks.
Through the competitive bid process, equipment prices were less than anticipated, thus freeing up funds for the purchase of additional equipment such as another excavator and a backhoe. The Public Works Department is also investing in a new bucket truck funded through the street light budget, and recently purchased two grass cutting tractors, a zero turn mower, and a bobcat funded through the Public Works Capital Outlay. “Over the last several years, over $1.5 million has been invested in replacing and adding new drainage equipment to the department. The latest purchases do not meet all of the parish’s needs, but is a step in the right direction,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. "We are committed to using parish funds responsibly and adding drainage equipment is a testament to our efforts to fulfill that commitment,” she added.