BY VICKIE PEOPLES
There will be a public hearing about the annual budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, on Monday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 500 North Huntington St.
In the general fund budget, Kevin Alley said they are projecting total revenues to be $22,004,000 and total expenditures to be $21,451,000 before transfers.
“We have a total surplus of $552,000,” Alley said. “We have an $180,000 transfer out to the fire department set aside for a future fire truck, we have $166,000 set aside for the police department training facility and then another $150,000. After those transfers, we’re looking at a surplus of almost $57,000.”
In other council news, Patricia Prebula of Prebula Public Relations spoke to the Sulphur City Council Monday about the I-10 Calcasieu bridge “In for 10” campaign.
She said there are problems with the I-10 and 210 bridges. “We can’t wait another 10 years,” she said.
The I-10 bridge was built in 1952 under Earl K. Long and it had a life expectancy of 50 years. It has exceeded that life expectancy. “It is unsafe.
There’s no place to pull over. It’s traveled by 53,000 vehicles per day, and they’re expecting by 2025 that that’s supposed to increase to 72,000 vehicles per day.”
The I-10 bridge is on the National Bridge Registry. “It’s saying that the bridge is in serious condition. The structure is in serious condition. It’s basically intolerable, requiring high priority of corrective action,” said Prebula.
Prebula said the problem is going to get worse because of increased traffic and congestion once the renovations of the I-210 bridge get underway.
“Basically, right now, there’s no funding and no design plans,” said Prebula. She stressed that this project is important because I-10 is the gateway into the energy capital of South Louisiana and is a major thoroughfare.
She asked for the council’s support to create a sense of urgency to fast track the project and rebuild the I-10 bridge. “Our plan is to build a unified coalition. We’re going to be talking to civic organizations, municipalities. We need resolutions.” She said they are going to need funding and to raise awareness.
‘It is unsafe. There’s no place to pull over. It’s traveled by 53,000 vehicles per day, and they’re expecting by 2025 that that’s supposed to increase to 72,000.’
Prebula Public Relations speaking of the I-10 bridge