The Parish Council held a Special Called Meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 30 to consider authorizing the Parish President to take the next steps necessary for the Parish of Natchitoches to accept the donation of the Payne Sewer System from Total Environmental Systems, Inc.
The ordinance was the only item on the agenda and it passed. There were many residents from Payne Subdivision and other districts of the Parish that came to speak before the Council. Some were for and some were against.
In the end, it seemed everyone agreed that the Parish needed to take care of its residents and give them a chance to fix a failed sewer system.
One of the first things that will have to be done is the creation of a board to oversee the Parish Sewer District No. 2 and set up billing for future maintenance and taxes for the district to raise funds for general upkeep.
Council Member Jim Kilcoyne said this particular case isn’t setting a precedent. It would be called District No. 2 because there is already a sewer system under the Parish. He also said the ordinance does not obligate the Parish to accept the donation. There’s still time for the Parish to back out. The ordinance also states the Parish won’t be funding any more money into the system.