- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris says funds from a recent half-cent sales tax increase are going to necessary improvements that need to be made throughout the city.

“I’m hoping over the next two years that we can spend proceeds from that bond sale and make some significant capital improvements,” he said. “We’re trying to make sure we do the fundamental things.”

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1QIZMqv) the Board of Aldermen voted on several items Tuesday night that will make improvements to the water system and sewer system.

“Sometimes it’s not real exciting to do sewer line repairs,” Norris said. “And everybody assumes water is going to come out when you turn it on. So saying you’re going to increase your capacity to produce water and increase your water pressure for fire suppression, that doesn’t light anybody up either. But the truth is those are the fundamental things that improve the quality of life for people.”

The city hopes to place a new well that will increase water pressure and also has a company studying the sewer system for water surface water infiltration that tends to cause sewer backups during a heavy rain.

Norris said he has also been given the results of a study that was commissioned to rate the streets throughout the city and hopes to start overlaying the top priority streets soon.

“The streets are important and we’re going to hit the ones that need it the most and have the most traffic on them,” he said.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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