I am one of the original “sand baggers” that was instrumental in getting the voters to approve a one – half cent sales tax in 1984 to perform major drainage and flood control projects in East Ascension. This work, known as the Follett plan, was estimated to cost approximately 40 million dollars and was to be completed many years ago. 

 


 I am one of the original “sand baggers” that was instrumental in getting the voters to approve a one – half cent sales tax in 1984 to perform major drainage and flood control projects in East Ascension. This work, known as the Follett plan, was estimated to cost approximately 40 million dollars and was to be completed many years ago.

 
   To date, this plan work still has not been successfully completed yet about 130 million dollars has been collected and spent, much of it for other than drainage purpose.


   This program lost direction and control during the parish presidents first administration when the contract with Follett was terminated. Fortunately about two years ago the responsibility was placed under a qualified drainage manager who has restored the program and work is not being performed toward the plan and other needed drainage and flood control work.


   I hope our new councilmen don’t make a serious mistake and return responsibility to the parish president where it hasn’t worked in the past. DON’T WE EVER LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES?


   As a retired professional engineer it is my opinion that there will be a day when East Ascension will experience a major flood event like what happened in New Orleans, when the right weather conditions prevail.


   How will our political leaders explain this to the taxpayers when we haven’t done the flood control projects that they have paid for?