Donation of $600 thousand of Interstate 20 Economic Development District Corporation funds for Delta Community College was tabled at last Thursday’s meeting until an opinion can be rendered by Louisiana’s Attorney General. The I-20 funds would serve as a match to augment other capital outlay monies financed by bond sales, and would pay for capital improvements at the facility.
According to Act 360, the enabling legislation, the matching funds are to be private money. As the funds that the I-20 board dispenses are derived from sales taxes, it is unclear how they would qualify for the match.
In his motion to table the issue, board member Johnny Bryant the board needed to know that the action was legal.
Said Bryant, “One recommendation I would make is that we ask our legal council Mr. Scott to submit that request to the attorney general for an opinion. And if it is legal, we need to also see if whether we have the funds to do that.”
Bryant’s motion passed unanimously.
In other business, the board heard a report from S. E. Huey’s Charles Taylor on their drainage study along the I-20 corridor within the district.
Taylor said the field word had been done, and he showed the board some preliminary aerial photos with the existing drainage structures noted. He said by the next meeting, a report with recommendations would be presented.
Taylor added that as the area developed, and more paving was done in the area, it was likely that additional drainage structures would have to be built.
Also, the board approved some change orders on the design work for the I-20 service road.