Sulphur City Council advances sewage project - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sulphur City Council advances sewage project

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Sulphur City Council has approved two ordinances that further develop a sewer system project. The Swisco Road Area Sewer System Project would serve Sulphur and other cities in Calcasieu Parish.

The council voted to change its budget for the next fiscal year to include the project. It also voted to allow advertisements on bids for the project to begin. The council tabled discussion on negotiating impact fees and sewer rate fees.

Sulphur City Council will discuss the impact fee and sewer rate fee at their next meeting, scheduled for next month.

Council member Dennis Bergeron said the project should continue, adding most funds will come from other cities in Calcasieu Parish.

"The money originally paid for that system, which is outside the city limits, is 75/25. The city of Sulphur paid 25 percent of it. It is still a regional system, according to the federal government," Bergeron said.

Mike Shetley owns about 80 percent of the properties the city needs a right of way on to continue development.

"We've got countless hours on this; we've been in this three and a half years already," Shetley said.

Sulphur resident Charlie Atherton said the council is moving too fast.

"Slow this thing down, so that all the documents and work that needs to be done can be properly reviewed, like you would any other project," Atherton said.

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