City council settles right-of-way suit

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

After a closed door meeting with the city attorney last week, the Plaquemine Board of Selectmen agreed to pay David and Mary Roth $17,000 to settle a lawsuit over a right of way for a new sewer trunk line to the Mississippi River.

City Attorney L. Phillip Canova Jr. said the Roths agreed to accept the payment for a 339 by 15-foot strip of land on Haase Street near the city's old incinerator.

Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta said the land was thought to be part of a city right of way, but turned out to belong to the Roths. The settlement is the same that the city is paying other property owners for right of way in connection with the sewer project.

The city is building the new trunk line to provide an outfall for treated sewer water from the South Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Mississippi River. The effluent from the plant, under sanction by the state Department of Environmental Quality, currently empties into the more environmentally sensitive Bayou Plaquemine.

With the Roth settlement, the project should be complete in about two weeks, the mayor said.

Eventually, city officials hope to tie the new trunk line into a new sewage treatment plant outside the city off Tenant Road that would replace the South plant.

Meanwhile, rain is delaying the start of road overlay work in North Plaquemine, where two-third of the streets have been ground off to prepare the base, Gulotta said.

Once begun, probably next week, the asphalt work should go quickly, the mayor said