Livingston Parish mayors meet

By Paul Gates - bio | email

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The mayors of eight Livingston Parish communities met Wednesday at the parish Chamber of Commerce to see that their towns get what they need.

"Some of the projects currently going on in Springfield, we're seeking funds for a new water system.  We desparately need the new water system," says Charles Martin, Mayor of Springfield.

"We were able to totally renovate the community center, we are able to use that now for community gatherings, counsel on aging," said Laura Savoy, Mayor of Port Vincent.

You begin to see the needs, which were no different for the town of Albany. "We got a $4.2 million water expansion going on south of the interstate.  We've got approximately 25 miles of water line going of water line going in," says Albany Mayor Thomas Stewart.

And in French Settlement, "Our main focus has been for the past 5 or 6 years on safety for the people in French Settlement and one of we're most proud of is that we introduced an ordinance that all subdivisions own their own water systems," said Mayor Toni Guitrau.

Water is a huge part of what happens each day. "You've heard the other mayors talk about water and sewer, a huge challenge for all the municipalities here to provide the basic services of water and waste water treatment," said Derral Jones, Mayor of Livingtson.

Things are progressing like wildfire for the larger communites like Walker.  "Walker is open for business, our population is growing, our business is growing," said Mayor Bobby Font.

And Denham Springs itself is king, home to Bass Pro and big investments.  Mayor Jimmy Durbin says right now, the sky's the limit.  "When I became mayor we had four hotels.  Now, in about two years we will have ten," added Mayor Durbin.

All nine mayors have projects big and small that must be funded.  But at the end of the day, they all say Livingston Parish is a hot spot, and people are taking notice of all it has to offer.

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