Parish Gets Tough on Delinquent Bills with Disconnects and ‘Evacuations’

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Parish Gets Tough on Delinquent Bills; Disconnects and 'Evacuations'

Bossier Parish residents have been put on notice: Failure to pay sewerage bills will result in interruption of service. And that can lead to residents being forced out of a property.

The warning follows a unanimous vote Wednesday by the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

Acting on a recommendation from the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District 1 board of appeals, jury members approved sending six disconnect notices with a 10-day payment deadline to residents who are seriously delinquent.

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That action came after no one who received a notice appeared at the appeals meeting. Board of appeals members also agreed to allow payment plans for three delinquent customers with a 30-day review stipulation.

“People seem to want to push the envelope but once they realize we’re serious and understand the consequences, they’ll do the right thing and pay their bill,” said appeals board member Tom Salzer.

Salzer said the jury had to begin taking action on delinquent sewerage accounts “because the list of those failing to pay is long and getting longer each month.”

Notices of disconnect will be sent to the residents at the address of the violation, to the owner of the property in question and to the mortgage lender. If the residence has its sewer disconnected, persons living there will have to evacuate since parish ordinance does not permit occupancy of a dwelling that is without sewer service.

When a sewer system is disconnected, lines from the dwelling to the nearest sewer main are removed.

“When they see that piece of equipment pull up they’ll know it’s serious,” Salzer said.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

  • Awarded bid for the Swan Lake Road bridge (South Bossier) in accordance with bids received October 31. Low bid of $1.3 million was under estimated budget.
  • Adopted an ordinance creating prospective precincts by the split and/or merger of precinct geography in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 18:532 and 18:532.1.
  • Ratified a corrected plat for Cypress Dream subdivision, being a replat of Lots 1 and 2, Jones Cypress Gardens subdivision, Unit No. 1.
  • Approved plat of the proposed development of Willow Brook subdivision, Unit No. 6.
  • Approved plat of the proposed development of St. Charles Court Village subdivision, Unit No. 9.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on December 4 to consider approval of the plat of the proposed development of Woodlake subdivision, Unit No. 5.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on December 4 to consider approval of the plat of the proposed development of Jamestowne subdivision, Unit No. 4.
  • Scheduled a public hearing on December 4 to consider reducing the speed limit on Wafer Road from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour.
  • Heard and accepted report on Insurance Committee meeting.
  • Approved applications for renewal of Bossier Parish beer/liquor licenses for 2020.
  • Approved application of Christopher Cullick-Smith for a 2019 Bossier Parish beer/liquor license at Rascals, 7242 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City.
  • Referred matter of administrative fees for time and material put forth for preparing responses to public records requests and payoffs of property standards liens to the jury’s policy and procedure committee.
  • Discussed fiscal year 2019-2020 Local Government Assistance Program and Community Water Enrichment Fund Program applications.
  • Terminated a letter lease agreement between the Bossier Parish Police Jury and Sligo Water System, Inc., approved on June 1, for a tract of land at South Bossier Park.
  • Approved change order for contract II – 10-inch raw water line for well No. 4 – Phase I, for the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District No. 1 of the Parish of Bossier.
  • Approved certificate of substantial completion for contract II – 10-inch raw water line for well No. 4 – phase I, for the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District No. 1 of the Parish of Bossier.
  • Approved certificate of substantial completion for Kingston Road widening, phase II.
  • Approved final change order no. 3 for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Willow Chute Bayou drainage improvements project, Bossier Parish.
  • Approved change order no. 1 for the installation of new emergency standby generators for wells No. 4 and 5 for Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District No. 1.
  • Accepted proposal of Civil Design Group LLC, for additional surveying and engineering services for the Linton Road extension to Fairburn Avenue.
  • Accepted streets and drainage in Redwood Place at Legacy subdivision, unit no. 11, into the parish road system for permanent maintenance.
  • Accepted sewer main extension and improvements in Redwood Place at Legacy subdivision, unit no. 11, into the Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District No. 1 of the Parish of Bossier sewer system for permanent maintenance.
  • Agreed to set Dec. 4 as date for public hearing on reducing speed limit to 25 miles per hour on a portion of Duckwater Landing.
  • Set January 15 as date for first meeting of 2020.
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