MORSE – At a recent meeting of the Morse Town Council, Jonas Harrington of Mader Engineering reported that the Sewer Improvement Project in Richard Addition will be moving forward. The Acadia Parish Police Jury authorized the project, and advertising for bids on the project will be the next thing to take place.
According to Harrington, construction on the project could start in late October or early November.
It was also stated at the meeting that, due to an intergovernmental agreement that will take effect upon completion of the project, the sewer system will be turned over to the village when construction is done.
The council approved an Ordinance banning the use of crossbows and bows and arrows within the city limits.
The council tabled a resolution adopting a new millage rate for the village.
At first, the council was going to pass a resolution keeping the village millage rate the same, until it was pointed out by a member of the audience that if they didn’t roll forward the millage rate, they might not be able to roll it forward for another ten years, leaving the village in a bind if costs keep going up.
The council tabled the resolution to give themselves time to do further research on the subject. According to Clerk Cynthia Cormier, it was found after the meeting that the rate cannot be rolled forward to seven mills until next year.
The council also authorized Harrington to prepare applications to be presented to USDA for grants to aid in the building of a new city hall in Morse and also for a new police car for the Morse Police Department.
According to Mayor Robert Istre, the new city hall will be built next to the Morse Fire Station and will house the police department. A new conference room will also be included.
The next meeting of the council will take place on Wednesday, September 3.