On a 3-2 vote, the Interstate 20 Economic Development District’s Board of Directors approved a $600 thousand donation to Louisiana Delta Community College, as part of a match toward obtaining other state capital outlay monies for capital improvements and construction at the facility.
Voting yes were Chairmain Otis Chisley, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, and Rowena Sledge. Voting no were Johnny Bryant and Charles Pritchard.
Delta Chancellor Barbara Hanson said the money represented economic development, since the state would be putting up most of the money for the construction.
Said Hanson, “With that $600 thousand, the economic impact will be such that you will receive for the I-20 District, $8.181878 million in investment of state and other private money in the heart of the I-20 District.”
The donation had been on hold awaiting an opinion from the Louisiana Attorney General. Earlier this month, the AG agreed that the monies did represent “economic development.”
See here the opinion.
Board Member Johnny Bryant said that while the donation was laudable, he cautioned that the district is facing significant expenditures for a needed drainage project.
Said Bryant, “It’s a substantial expense. I’m concerned that this board’s going to run out of funds when we start doing Phase II, and the Nutland to Lowe’s road, and these drainage problems.”
In other business, the board approved awarding a contract to Womack & Sons Construction for Phase I of the North Service Road. The road will extend from near the intersection of Millhaven and Garrett to Fontana.
Denmon Engineering’s Mike Bonnette said the bid came in at $3.7 million, and was estimated at $4.1 million. Completion is estimated in about 300 working days.