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New Gas Compressor Unit to be built in Evangeline Parish

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting October 7, 2019 The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday night got some good news from Alex Strohman with T C Energy. The multi- national company owns and operates some of the largest national gas pipelines in the country. Strohamn reported that Evangeline Parish is included in its "Louisiana Express" project. The project includes the construction of a national gas compressor station near Cleco and Chicot Park in the St. Landry area. The project will create 34 construction jobs and two permanent jobs. The company has over 900 compressor stations in ten states. He reported that the land for the new station has been purchased and work can begin just as soon as the company get federal and state regulatory approval. He announced that the parish will receive $1.5 million dollars in new ad valorum taxes in the compressor's first year of operation. In other business Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron reported that the parish is finally starting to see the sewer bill delinquency total start to drop for those who are behind in paying their sewer bills. The police jury has referred the delinquent client bills over to the newly created Louisiana Debt Recovery agency. Some $32,000 in past due bills have been recovered with the current delinquent total is $103,663. The state agency tacks on an additional 25% fee and can pull drivers license and hunting license and other measures to force those customers to pay their past due bills. In other action, the police jury: --Received news that police jurors Bryan Vidrine and Eric Soileau have been appointed to serve on the Louisiana Rural Action committee with the National Association of Counties; --heard from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron report that sales tax collections from the 2 percent sales tax amounted to $255,868 in September. --set trick or treating hours for all non- municipal rural areas of the parish for 5-8pm Halloween night.

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