Water tower payment received

Staff reports
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez (center) is shown presenting a check worth $600,000 to Ascension Consolidated Utilities District 1 Vice President Harry Thibodaux and ACUD District 1 Office Manager Trish Castrogovannie.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez presented a check worth $600,000 to Ascension Consolidated Utilities District 1 officials last week for payment of the new Hwy. 70 Water Tower.

President Martinez presented the check to ACUD 1Vice President Harry Thibodaux and ACUD District 1 Office Manager Trish Castrogovannie.

“This project shows that with working together, we can accomplish goals that will benefit all of us in the long run,” said President Martinez. “By having the parish, the City of Donaldsonville and ACUD 1 striving to create water service that will be readily available, this will also open up economic development opportunities as well.”

The 400,000 gallon, elevated water storage tower is part of Phase III improvements that ACUD 1 is implementing on the west side of Ascension Parish. Phase III also consisted of installing water distribution lines in the area to the west of Donaldsonville bordering LA Hwy. 1 North, LA Hwy. 1 South and LA Hwy. 308. Parish Grants Officer Martha Collins said the parish secured $600,000 in funding for the LA 70 water tower project. Of that total, the Environmental Protection Agency provided $275,000 in State and Tribal Assistance Grant money (EPA/STAG) while the parish matched that number with $225,000 in funding for a 55 percent/45 percent match totaling $500,000. Another $100,000 was secured from the Office of Community Development to make the $600,000 total.