St. John road work planned

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 30, 2006


Managing Editor

LAPLACE — Road work could be on the horizon for projects all over St. John the Baptist Parish, if the parish council can agree on how to spread around a half-million dollars for them.

The funds would come from the sale of parish properties, mostly in the Reserve area near the St. John Airport for a planned industrial park.

Fifteen parcels have been sold since April of last year, raising $509,000, when the council pledged to take that income and dedicate it to road improvements.

A list of needed projects has come to Chief Administrative Officer Natalie Robottom, who has directed parish engineer Chuck Savoie to draw up cost estimates for each project submitted by the council members.

That list of projects includes:

€ From Councilman Cleveland Farlough – completion of Daffodil Street in Mt. Airy, estimated to cost $160,000.

€ From Councilman Lester Rainey – East Second and East Sixth streets in Edgard.

€ From Councilman Allen St. Pierre – work on Red Barn and Roccaforte streets in Garyville.

€ From Councilman Dale Wolfe – work on East 26th, East 27th and East 18th

streets in Reserve.

€ From Councilwoman Jaclyn Hotard – completion of LaPlace Park, reconstruction of Carrollwood, work on Birch and Ash streets, and repairs of a portion of Carrollwood damaged by the Wal-mart construction, all in LaPlace.

€ From Councilman Sean Roussel – work on Somerset, Surrey, end of Nottingham, Warwick, intersection of Nottingham and Buckingham, 200 block of Buckingham, south end of Buckingham, north end of Buckingham and Bedford street, all in LaPlace.

€ From Councilman Ronnie Smith – slab jack work at 20 to 30 unspecified locations.

€ From Councilman Steve Lee – work on Carrollwood up to the stop sign and Greenwood intersection from Ridgefield to Carrollwood, all in LaPlace.

More detailed information, such as cost estimates and priorities, still need to be settled before any work is done.

Residents along the private street known as Goshen Lane in Reserve, off Airline Highway, also came to Tuesday’s meeting of the St. John Parish Council, asking that the parish take over the street and install servitudes for power, sewer and other services.

Before that can happen, though, a cost estimate would be needed, Parish President Nickie Monica told the residents.