Budget bills contain funding for St. Mary
By: JEAN L. KAESS
As passed by the state House of Representatives last week, House Bills 1 and 2 include money for numerous St. Mary Parish projects.
House Bill 1 includes:
—$250,000 to the City of Franklin for City Hall repair and support for archival space for five former governors and a lieutenant governor who were natives or residents of Franklin.
—$35,000 each to the St. Mary Parish Tourist Commission for facade and exterior downtown business building improvements and repair in the Morgan City and Franklin historic districts.
—$35,000 for assistance in starting a Main Street Program in the City of Patterson.
—$50,000 for assistance in completing the parish tourist center building in Morgan City.
—$15,000 for Cultural and Tourist Office assistance for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.
—$50,000 for the Lake Fausse Point Advisory Committee.
House Bill 2, capital outlay funding, includes:
— $354,720 for Cypremont Point Boathouse Replacement, planning and construction through the Office of Fisheries.
—$640,000 for St. Mary Levee District’s planning and construction of the Franklin Canal Levee and Floodgate Project, Priority 1 funding.
—$200,000 in Priority 1 and $2 million in Priority 5 funding for infrastructure improvements at the Charenton Canal Industrial Park.
—$300,000 in Priority 1 for recreational improvements at Kemper Williams Park, including acquisitions, installation, planning and construction. A $50,000 local match is required.
—$100,000 in Priority 1 for St. Mary Parish Sewage District 5 sewer lift station improvements.
—$180,000 in Priority 1 for planning and construction of DeGravelle Access Road to Duhon Bypass Road in Amelia.
—$125,000 in Priority 1 for drainage improvements in Columbia Subdivision near Franklin. Requires a $39,960 non-state match.
—$1.9 million in Priority 1 for Plantation Pump Station Replacement for Sub-Gravity Drainage District #1 of St Mary Parish Gravity Drainage District 2.
—$125,000 in Priority 1 and $1 million in Priority 5 for the Cajun Coast Welcome Center and Tower Overlook for the Tourist Commission. Project includes $2.1 million in local funds.
—$460,000 in Priority 2 for installation of culverts and associated infrastructure in Middle Road Drainage Canal.
—$820,000 in Priority 1 for an access road from Baker Hughes to Port Road in Morgan City. Requires $200,000 local match.
—$1 million in Priority 1 for a fire station and public service center in the Town of Baldwin.
—$500,000 in Priority 1 and $500,000 in Priority 5 for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard reconstruction in Morgan City.
—$300,000 in Priority 1 for a docking facility on Lake Palourde in Morgan City.
—$3.59 million in Priority 1 for Brashear Avenue drainage canal conversion to subsurface drainage.
—$100,000 in Priority 1 for Catherine Street paving and drainage in Patterson.
—$100,000 in Priority 1 for Building Improvements from Emergency Family Shelter Facility for Chez Hope Domestic Violence Program.
The House voted 63-38 to send the budget to the Senate. House Bill 1 was scheduled to be considered by the Senate Finance Committee Saturday. House Bill 2 is pending Senate introduction.