The Webster Parish Police Jury will begin accepting bids on several parish road projects stemming from floods dating back as far as 2016. Since then, the Police Jury has been taking the necessary steps with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for payment and reimbursement.
The Police Jury Road committee discussed the various projects during its meeting Tuesday.
“We’ve got 30 sites left, roughly, that we were talking about bidding out to a subcontractor,” Police Jury President Jim Bonsall said.
Bonsall said he received an estimate from Webster Parish Public Works Superintendent Teddy Holloway for approximately $350,000.
“We’ve got the money to pay for this from FEMA money we’ve already received,” Bonsall said.
Public Works has the capability of performing the required work, but Bonsall said subcontracting these project is an issue of timeliness.
“Teddy says we’re not going to get everything done this summer if we tell him to fix them,” he said.
District 3 Police Jury Daniel Thomas asked about other projects in the parish. “Will we be able to have a normal year if we bid these out?” Thomas asked.
“I believe that is what we’re working toward,” Bonsall said.
The committee approved the proposal, which was later ratified in the Police Jury meeting.