CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - City of Central Mayor Jr. Shelton has called a special meeting for Friday, April 14. At the meeting, council members will vote to allocate money from the emergency and drainage funds to clean out clogged drains, culverts, and canals.
After Sunday's storms, some neighborhoods in Central flooded, some of which flooded back in August on 2016. On Wednesday, crews from the City of Central spent the day cleaning out the Beaver Bayou under Hooper Rd., pulling out things like a large piece of plywood, a large sign, and even a TV. Because Central has 275 miles of drainage in the entire city, Mayor Shelton says the city's crew of three to four people cannot handle the job alone.
This is why a drainage fund with nearly $4.7 million set aside will now go to a contractor who will be able to bring in 40 to 50 people to clear all the clogged drains in Central. Mayor Shelton added they also have an emergency fund with another $4.6 million and since this week's storms are considered an emergency, they can also dip into that fund.
Mayor Shelton met with two potential contractors Thursday and is expected to meet with an additional four Friday.
He had hoped to have a contract signed by this week's end, but constrained by the city's laws, he must publish and advertise the special meeting. So now, the special meeting for April 14 will be advertised on Monday, which fulfills the requirement of four days minimum notice to publish a meeting.
Tuesday, April 11 is the regularly scheduled council meeting in Central. After it's over around 6:45 p.m., they will formally introduce the item to be voted on next Friday.
Mayor Shelton says he hopes to initially allocate $4 million for the drainage project. After council members vote April 14, Mayor Shelton would be able to sign a contract with the desired company immediately.