And they will be listening to their constituents while poring over two separate lists:
One list is for parish projects to receive state money in the capital outlay bill – a process, says Parish President Guy Cormier, which has been significantly tightened up by the Legislature under Bobby Jindal.
The other list is for state highways in the parish, money to be spend here by the Department of Transportation and Development.
Regarding the former, Cormier cautioned the council members to be careful of what they wish for. The reason: No more 100 percent funding from the state, as in the past. Now the parish will have to come up with 25 percent of the project cost.
Projects which have already been approved under the old five-step process, like the I-10 frontage road/business park and the Coteau Holmes civic center, will not be affected, Cormier said.
“That project (I-10) could not have happened under this new system,” he said. “For a project costing $8 million, the parish would have to come up with $2 million, and I can tell you right now we don’t have that laying around.”
Here is the existing wish list, approved last year, (which includes some projects already funded) for state capital outlay money:
•Borrow pits drainage.
•I-10 frontage road, La. 328 to La. 347.
•Parks and recreational facilities.
•Council on Aging building.
•Parishwide infrastructure improvements.
•Coteau Holmes civic center.
•Technical education park.
•Cade Community Center.
•Belle Terre Subdivision drainage.
•Joe Daigre Canal drainage.
•Butte La Rose pontoon bridge replacement.
•U.S. 90 industrial park.
•Coulee LaSalle drainage.
•Henderson Water Control Structure improvements.
•Four-Mile Bayou Road improvements.
And here is the wish list for state highway work:
•Accelerate construction of the St. Martinville by-pass loop.
•Construct an exchange/exit at the intersection of La. 354 and I-10.
•Widen and overlay La. 92 between La. 31 and La. 182.
•Repair and overlay La. 680.
•Create a straight-line path from the junction of I-10 and La. 354 to La. 94 by going through that existing portion of La. 354 between I-10 and Hebert Road a distance of six-tenths of a mile; thence along existing Hebert Road (Parish Road 212) a distance of two-tenths of a mile; then creating and constructing an extension of Hebert Road due south for an approximate distance of half a mile to La, 94.
•Install culverts along the south side of La. 96 from the eastern corporate limits of St. Martinville to the junction of La. 96 and La. 345.
•Culverts to be placed from La. 347 along the south side of La. 352.
•Request that the state Department of Transportation and Development accept into its road system Parish Road 214 – Andrew Broussard Road (also called Doyle Melancon Extension), which begins at La. 347 and extends northerly to Latiolais Road (Parish Road 226) – and Latiolais Road, which runs from Andrew Broussard Road to La. 328, thus creating a by-pass loop east of the city of Breaux Bridge.
•Replace or elevate culverts for Coulee LaSalle and Cypress Bayou at La. 182.
•Install culverts along the south side of La. 3083 beginning at its intersection with La. 679 in an easterly direction of its intersection with Parish Road 132 (Bayou Portage Road).
•Extend La. 94 from intersection with Rees Street to Doyle Melancon/Lion Castille Road and continuing in a straight-line path to the intersection of La. 347 and La. 349.
•Straighten out curves on La. 96 west of St. Martinville.
•Construction of frontage road on Interstate 10 from Breaux Bridge to Henderson exit.
•Replacement of Butte La Rose pontoon bridge.
•Extension of La. 98 to La. 31.
•Repair and overlay La. 341 and La. 354 (Declouet Highway).
•Repair and overlay La. 3177 from Exit 119 to Herman Dupuis Road.
•Reconstruct La. 352 (Henderson Highway) from La. 347 to the Henderson bridge.