Parish acquires needed property

Wade McIntyre

DONALDSONVILLE – The Parish Council moved to acquire a piece of residential private property and pay relocation expenses for the homeowner as part of road construction improvements for the Roddy Road Final phase construction project.

Members adopted an ordinance at the Feb. 4 meeting which pays Danny J. Roussel and other members  of the Roussel family $141,620 for the property, and $88,380 in relocation benefits and related expenses including closing costs and moving expenses.

The parish would have begun expropriation proceedings to acquire the property had its offer not been accepted.

The parish payments were recommended by SJB Group, civil engineering firm hired by the parish in connection with the Roddy Road work.

The council also adopted an ordinance allowing it to acquire property for servitude rights from Gloria Duplessis Hidalgo for a payment of up to $150,000, also as part of the Roddy Road project.

The Hidalgo purchase includes $117,500 for the property, $22,400 for a housing relocation supplement, and incidental moving expenses and closing costs up to $10,100.

The parish would have begun expropriation proceedings on the Hidalgo property if the owner had not agreed to sell the property, according to the parish offer signed by Hidalgo.

Also in the meeting, members considered ordinances revoking a one-foot portion of a 10-foot utility servitude at Pelican Point golf Community, and a 5-foot sidewalk servitude and 12-foot utility servitude at Wrenwood.

Councilman Randy Clouatre expressed concern that the council was buying two servitudes and revoking two others without a packet of material on the revocations.

Councilman Todd Lambert said he wanted to make sure the recommendations to revoke were coming from the administration.

Parish President Tommy Martinez said the revocations were recommended by the administration, and apologized to councilmen for the lack revocation packets. He said the administration would provide them in the future.

Members then unanimously revoked the servitudes.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the appointment of Walter R. Hays Jr. to the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission.

• After an executive session, adopted a motion authorizing the council to move forward with recovery of a lien from Eugene Reider.