Eastbank library set to be fundedAug 26th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
For quite some time now Councilman P.V. Griffin has been trying to get a library on the Eastbank of Plaquemines Parish, and it looks its finally going to happen.
At last week’s council meeting, the Council appropriated $200,000 to go towards the planning and design work needed for the new building. The proposed location for this new library will be the Old Joe Brown property, which stirred up some controversy when it was burned down without proper authorization.
However, Councilman Griffin wished to set aside the past and move on with helping out the residents in his District.
“I want to do this for the community,” said Griffin. “I want to enhance the way of living for the people on the Eastbank.”
The Council approved this motion 7-0 with Councilman Jeff Edgecombe absent from the meeting and Council Chairman Byron Marinovich abstaining.
“The barbeque we had over their, frankly, has made me a little sick. This doesn’t sit well with me,” said Marinovich. “I can not support this because of what happened on that property.”
Councilman Griffin also introduced an ordinance that would move $2 million out of the courthouse project fund into the Eastbank library fund.
In other Council news
• A resolution was passed 8-0 to appoint Barbara S. Marcot as the Assistant Secretary of the Parish Council on or before September 9, 2013. This will be a two-year term.
• The Council appropriated $500,000 towards the expansion of Highway 23 in Port Sulphur with an 8-0 vote. The road will be going form two lanes to four lanes.
• Approximately $150,000 was appropriated to the current drainage project taking place on Oak Tree Road in Belle Chasse.
“These residents have had trouble with sewerage backing up into bathtubs and yards,” said Councilman Stuart Guey of District 4.
“This money should cover the project from start to finish,” said Byron Williams, Director of Public Works.
• The Council gave the Parish President the authority to accept a $500 donation from Sun Drilling.
• An ordinance was passed 8-0 to assign $90,000 to the Peters Road Bridge project.
This will fund permit applications and the acquisition of right-of-way maps, said Councilman Anthony Buras of District 5.
• The Council passed an ordinance 8-0 to accept a $1 million grant from the state to put towards the Empire Boat Harbor Complex project. The money was provided by the Community Development Block Grant.