Berwick Council sets FY 2011-2012 budget

By: JEAN L. KAESS

BERWICK — Town leaders introduced the $4.24 million budget for the new fiscal year and amended the current year’s budget during their meeting Tuesday.

The new budget includes about $4.31 million in revenues, roughly $3.75 million in expenditures and another $488,977 in capital outlay costs.

The town projects ending the fiscal year with a $32,430 balance.

However, when factoring in a beginning year balance in the town’s coffers of approximately $3.57 million, that balance is boosted to about $3.6 million.

The amended 2010-11 budget includes increases in both revenue and expenditures including:

—Capital outlay for streets in Renwick Phase IV, $403,000.

—Revenue in the liquid and solids account from a transfer of the ¾-percent bond sales reserve, $186,000.

—Revenue in the general fund by $300,000 from Renwick lot sales.

—Capital outlay to the fire department for new gear, building maintenance and repairs totaling $84,100.

—Capital outlay revenue by $48,600 from a planning and zoning grant.

In other action, the council approved a resolution requesting the state’s help in maintaining Utah, Robison, Bowman and California streets, and 8.8 miles of La. 182. The last dates of any maintenance on these state roads was between 1988 and 2003.

Another resolution requesting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a permanent flood control structure at Bayou Chene was approved. Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, said local officials are trying to convince the U.S. Corps of Engineers to leave the “wings” of the sheet piling up to aid construction of a future permanent structure.

Also on Tuesday, the board:

—Learned that asphalt work on the next section of the Berwick Walking Trail will begin Thursday along Pattie Drive.

—Heard three options from consulting engineer Reid Miller to aid drainage in the front section of Country Club Estates. The area suffered significant flooding when a storm dumped 7.5 inches of rain on the area in a little over an hour.

—Learned from St. Mary Council on Aging Executive Director Beverly Domangeaux that there will be a “Grand Tribute” held Sunday, Sept. 11, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Bayou Vista Civic Center to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, honor grandparents on Grandparents’ Day, and celebrate the 34th anniversary of the agency. She also asked the council and the public to talk to their representatives in Washington, D.C., and ask them not to cut spending in the Older Americans Act, as it provides funding for the organization.

—Heard from Gary Duhon, who is running for parish president, and Bret Allain, running for a state Senate seat.

The entire council was present for Tuesday’s meeting.

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