Pond requested for equine therapy stables
By: JEAN L. KAESS
BERWICK — The saga of a proposed stable facility on La. 182 continued Tuesday when the owner requested a permit to install another pond on his land.
Mike Smith, owner of Southern Equestrian Stables, already had an 80-by-80 foot viewing pond approved for the property near Tournament Boulevard. This request is for a 300-by-400 foot pond to be located about 500 feet south of Old Spanish Trail.
It would be the central landscaping feature for a proposed horse-walking trail. The stables are being constructed as therapy for the owner’s disabled grandchild, Planning and Zoning Director Gary Beadle said.
Beadle also alluded to resident concerns voiced during the town’s recent planning commission meeting. These relate to the horse stables, not the pond, he said.
The current request, however, is only for the second pond on the property. It meets the stringent requirements of the town’s ponds and lakes ordinance, but still requires a public hearing to allow residents to discuss the matter.
A fence will be constructed before the ponds around the property’s entire 60 acres to secure the safety of the public in relation to the ponds.
Smith still must apply to the town to keep horses on the land.
In other action, the town council:
—Approved a partial payment in the amount of $50,265 for 70 percent of the Renwick Phase V design work by Miller Engineers and Associates in Franklin. Only two lots remain for sale in the current subdivision offerings. Bids for construction of the 33 lots in this phase will be opened April 3.
—Answered questions by Tommy Vaughn, a new resident of Willowcrest Subdivision, who was told that responsibility for maintenance of the canal behind his property is that of owner Cajun Sunrise LLC. Erosion is becoming an issue there, Vaughn said. Also, he said the culvert near his property is full of trash and suggested a catch basin be installed. That section is the responsibility of the town.
—Passed a resolution of respect for Russell Johnson.
—Introduced an ordinance entering into a Cleco franchise agreement.
Councilmember Penny Crappell was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.