Hospital, redistricting on special meeting agenda

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

The Iberville Parish Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday (March 31) to discuss the possibility of a new hospital for Iberville Parish and to continue work on the reapportionment of their 13 districts based on the 2010 Census.

The Council set aside $21.6 million of its hurricane recovery money for a new hospital facility, and hired consultant Stroudwater Associates to investigate whether the project is feasible. Stroudwater reported earlier this year that the recovery money would be insufficient and that the parish needs a private partner to build and open a new hospital here. The consultant is expected to make a final report.

Parish Council members were scheduled to meet last week in small groups with their reapportionment consultant, Redistricting LLC. They are trying to approve a districting plan that takes into account population shifts within the parish and have it approved by the U. S. Justice Department in time for their fall elections.

The meeting is scheduled in the Council Chambers, on the second floor of the Courthouse.