ZACHARY, Louisiana — The City Council has approved a payment of $959,000 to Grady Crawford Construction Co. for sewer improvements, including the cost of upgrades to two lift stations.
Mayor David Amrhein told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1eMoYMqthat) that the city-parish required the lift station upgrades and will take over the stations over once the improvements are made. The city plans to tie some of its sewer lines in with the East Baton Rouge system.
East Baton Rouge will reimburse Zachary for the $375,000 cost of upgrading the lift stations, Amrhein said. He said redirecting some of the sewer lines should reduce backups in Zachary.
The city-parish has the resources to maintain larger lift stations than Zachary could handle on its own, Amrhein said.
"This is all for growth," the mayor said.
The council this past week tabled an ordinance to borrow up to $5 million for continuing work on the municipal sewer system.
The city's petition to borrow the money must be approved by the federal government and the paperwork has been delayed due to the government shutdown in October, the mayor said.
The city plans to borrow the money through the Department of Environmental Quality at an interest rate not to exceed .95 percent.
The proposed loan would be an extension of the $9.3 million the city borrowed from the DEQ at the same interest rate in 2012.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com