Wells Island Road resident speaks out about water line
Caddo officials are working hard to find $265,000 for a new water line along Wells Island Road. The resident petition to get things started is nearly complete. However, resident Tom Oaks feels possible payment plans are unfair.
"This will be owned by the parish, not by the residents," Oaks said. "So why should we pay for something the parish is going to own. It's going to be under their possession."
As of now, residents and businesses along the road will have to pay 90 percent of the water line's cost. The parish will pay 10 percent but is working on a plan that would enable them to pay more.
"I'm happy to hear of any help we can get, but like I said, to put the burden on the residents is just outrageous," he said.
Residents have also been presented with three payment options. One includes possible liens on properties. That keeps residents from paying up front, but requires payment if they sell their property. Oaks says that's a bad idea.
"We can't go and pull up the water lines in front of our house when we move out if we sell our property," Oaks said. "I would say give us the right to do that if they can put a lien on our house for the water lines that they have on their right of way. Then, we should be able to remove them when we move."
Parish officials hope to have the water line constructed by June.
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