Ouachita Parish seeks money for drainage projects

Sep 11, 2012

Ouachita Parish officials say they're seeking more than $165,000 in state funding for drainage improvement projects.

The News-Star reports that the parish typically receives $145,000 a year from the Local Government Assistance Program.

However, the Police Jury only gets $60,000 because the rest is divided among the cities of Monroe and West Monroe and the towns of Richwood and Sterlington.

Although the amount requested by the Police Jury this year exceeds the amount the parish typically receives, officials say it wouldn't hurt to ask for more. Ouachita Parish treasurer Brad Cammack says the best bet is to seek money for specific projects.

The Local Government Assistance Program is designed to help with infrastructure and long-term capital improvements in rural areas.