Parish Council adopts millage rates

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com

PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council adopted an ordinance to levy the ad valorem tax millage rates for the year 2014 at its regularly scheduled June meeting.

The council also approved changing the July meeting date from July 15 to July 22.

In the Parish President’s report, Mitch Ourso informed the council that 12 structures within the parish limits received water damage during recent heavy rains among over 12,000 households. An estimated 18 inches of rain fell over a 21-day period.

“There was a lot of water,” Ourso said. “One is too many but the percentage compared to other parishes was not that great. We just had way too much rain for the drainage system to handle.”

Ourso said eight structures in White Castle and four in St. Gabriel received water inside them.

“Right now, we can’t afford anymore rain,” Ourso said. “Hopefully, there is time for the water to go down, while we address these problems.”

Earlier, Ourso presented plaques to those who volunteered with a people ferry over the Intracoastal Canal after a barge struck the Grosse Tete` Bridge causing it to be inoperable for 70 days.

“There were a lot of people that stepped up here in Iberville Parish,” Ourso said.

Ourso also said a firehouse and substation is needed in east Iberville with location possibilities set for La. 30 or La. 75.

“They do not have the benefit of a 24-hour ambulance,” Ourso said.

Lastly, Ourso thanked the council for “protecting our people with a bulldog attitude with your authority,” regarding litigation that required the parish to expropriate an Ascension Parish man’s land.

“The case is finally over and it is fenced off,” Ourso said. “I really didn’t like to expropriate but this should be the end of litigation. I believe this was the right thing to do.”

Ourso said the 1.6 acres will be used for improvements to a floodgate along Alligator Bayou with $2.3 million in hurricane recovery funds and the parish should get back $700,000 it spent through the litigation.

In the financial report, Randall Dunn said the annual report will be presented at next month’s meeting.

“There are no reasons to roll taxes forward,” Dunn said.

Finally in an unrelated matter the council voted to select the Plaquemine Post South as its official journal. Howard Oubre voted nay.