PARISH THANKFUL FOR $8.7 MILLION IN GRANTS AWARDED IN 2017
St. Charles Parish, LA - As 2017 comes to a close, officials are thankful for the $8.7 million in grants awarded to the parish that helped fund Trash Bash, a water replacement force main, housing preservation, emergency assistance and continued construction of the West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee.
“Our office works in conjunction with department directors and key personnel for each and every one of these projects, from the application phase, through construction, and well into closeout,” said Grants Officer Carla Chiasson. “Without their help and support, there is no way we would be able to successfully implement these projects.”
Boutte will gain a new pump station thanks to $5,648,301 in FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding; the largest grant procured by the parish this year. The station will be located near the western end of the Magnolia Ridge Phase of the West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee.
“I stressed the importance of going after state and federal funding for our levee system when I came into office so it is great to see my administration secure the first piece of that for our West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee.” St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran said of the grant in February.
Continued allocation of $1 million in grant funding from the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) also went toward the now-operational Willowridge Pump Station. When used, it can pump 300 cubic feet of water per second and immediately relieve the nearby Cousins Pump Station for homeowners in Luling.
Another $406 thousand from DOTD has also been allocated to fund the construction of the Ellington Pump Station. When constructed, this station will pump 500 cubic feet of water per second to drain the subdivisions of Holder Estates, Primrose Estates and Coronado Park. It will also work in tandem with nearby pump stations to service Kellogg, Lagattuta Estates, Ellington, River Ridge, Lakewood West, Lakewood East, Lakewood Estates, Lakewood Ridge and Mimosa Park subdivisions in Luling and Boutte.
“The West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee is a priority, but we also spend a great deal of time working on disaster recovery and other infrastructure projects to help make St. Charles Parish a more resilient and sustainable community,” said Grants Officer Carla Chiasson.
Other grant-funded projects include $93 thousand toward the East Regional Library Generator, an emergency standby generator that will operate the Information Technology (IT) Room equipment and the IT Room’s HVAC unit during power outages. This library houses the main server that supplies Internet access to all branch locations in the parish. After disasters, each branch serves as a recovery center that supplies the public with internet access in order to apply for disaster relief assistance, file insurance claims and/or correspond with insurance companies, and research other options and resources to aid in recovery. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness supplied the funding for this grant.
Another grant for $64 thousand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide the parish’s Department of Community Services funding to repair and rehabilitate up to eight homes for very low-income homeowners in the parish.
Among the smaller grants, is $800 from Entergy Louisiana that funded prizes for the parish’s annual Trash Bash event that encourages residents to clean in their communities and raises awareness of recycling.
The full list of what the parish has been awarded thus far in 2017 can be found in the table below:
|Magnolia Ridge Pump Station||DHS/FEMA/GOHSEP - HMGP||$5,648,301|
|LA 18 Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Phase II||OCD - FY1516 CWEF||$122,074|
|2017 Spring Trash Bash Incentive - Ipad Minis||Entergy MicroGrant Program||$807.00|
|August 2016 Heavy Rain Event (Emergency Protective Measures PW)||FEMA/GOHSEP - Public Assistance Program||$402,054.13|
|West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee - Ellington Levee Phase II|| State of Louisiana Division of Administration FP&C (Capital Outlay)
|West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee - Willowridge Levee - Year 7 Allocation (Final)||DOTD Statewide Flood Control Program||$1,012,784.|
|West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee - Willowridge Pump Station - Year 6 Allocation||DOTD Statewide Flood Control Program||$1,000,000|
|East Bank Regional Library Generator||DHS/FEMA/GOHSEP - HMGP||$93,750|
|West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee - Ellington Pump Station - Year 1 Allocation|| DOTD Statewide Flood Control Program
|2017 Housing Preservation Program||HUD - USDA Rural Development||$64,756.33|
The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.
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