City to help pay to extend hours of Saltwater Barrier - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City to help pay to extend hours of Saltwater Barrier

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The City of Lake Charles will help pay $150,000 per year to help extend the hours of the Saltwater Barrier.

The cooperative endeavor agreement includes the Port of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The city's portion will be $25,000 annually for two years. However, some on the council think other cities should be included in helping pay the tab.

"I don't see why we should leave other municipalities out. Although I would not vote against it as it is right now because we need to extend it... But I really think this should be looked into a little bit more. Because I think Lake Charles is not the only place where all the sportsmen live," said Luvertha August, Lake Charles City Council President.

"You can question whether Sulphur and Vinton - how much interest they have in putting in money. But certainly Westlake utilizes that to some extent," said Stuart Weatherford, Lake Charles City Council Vice President.

If they come up with the money, the new hours would be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and 6 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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