Lafourche Parish revenue is trending upward compared to just a few years ago, finance department officials said.
While revenue is down slightly for solid waste and the two road districts compared to 2018, the royalty revenue for the year increased by about $560,000, according to Accounting Manager Carrel Hymel’s quarterly report given to the Parish Council Tuesday night.
Between those four sources, the net revenue increase totals about $76,000, putting them back closer to the collections seen before the drop between 2015 and 2016.
The council is preparing to move forward with public hearings on the 2020 budget at its next round of meetings, beginning with a special meeting on Nov. 12.
Updates were also given Tuesday on some ongoing parish projects.
The east side drainage project in Cut Off is still in the permitting phase, said Phillip Chauvin, an engineer with T. Baker Smith.
The project includes more than nine miles of dredging, adding canals, replacing six cross-street pipes and five culverts, and adding a new pumping station with four pumps. It’s estimated to cost about $5.2 million, paid for mostly through a $4.7 million grant from the Statewide Flood Control Program.
Work on the Cyprien Pump Station is on schedule and is expected to be finished by mid-to-late November, Chauvin said.
The council approved a change order to the project Tuesday night to add a 300-foot steel bulkhead on the outfall canal as part of an agreement with the landowner.
Contractors and engineers are still working through a final punch list for the Dugas Canal drainage project in the Country Club nieighborhood in Thibodaux, interim Parish Administrator Tommy Lasseigne said.
The project engineer, David Waitz, is also working on plans to cement-line the large outfall ditch between Fairway Drive and Percy Brown Road, Public Works Director James Barnes said.
Barnes also announced that the North Lafourche Levee District is working on a bigger project in the west Thibodaux area near Waverly Road to alleviate some of the drainage problems that have plagued that area.
The project is expected to cover a broad area and is in conjunction with some of the smaller projects the parish has planned, Barnes said.
Unanimous approval was also given to an agreement between the parish and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission to commit $4.6 million over four years to help build a new access road to the South Lafourche Airport.
The plan includes building a bridge and connector road between La. 3235 and La. 308 where it connects to the airport. The commission is responsible for all construction-related activities for the project, including bidding out contractors.
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