Demolitions, repairs approved for libraries

By Cyndi Sellers

Demolitions for new rebuilds and repairs to storm damaged libraries were approved Tuesday by the Cameron Parish Police Jury. Bids will be advertised for repair of the Johnson Bayou, Grand Chenier and Grand Lake branch libraries.

Eight structures are set for demolition: the Creole, Oak Grove, Cameron (Ridgecrest substation), Big Pasture, Grand Lake Fire Stations, OEP Pavilion, Creole Recreation Center, and Grand Lake Firemen’s Center.

Some of the fire substations will not be rebuilt. Plans are to combine the Creole Fire Station with the Cameron Ridgecrest substation and locate the new fire station near the Cameron Recreation Center. The Grand Lake Fire Station and Firemen’s Center will be rebuilt in a different orientation on the property.

Roof repairs have begun on the Cameron Recreation Center, all water wells except the Holly Beach water tower have been repaired, and repairs to other parish buildings will soon begin, said Wendy Harrington.

Jurors approved the permit request from Delfin LNG for an offshore deep-water terminal and onshore facility. They learned that it is the same permit approved in 2015, which had lapsed.

Kathleen Simon was appointed to Ambulance Service District #2, replacing Gwen Constance who resigned.

The Cameron Pilot’s bid to be the Parish’s official journal was accepted.

At the request of Jeff Davis Electric Co-op General Manager Mike Heinen, the Jury approved a resolution in support of a congressional bill allowing FEMA to pay interest charges on storm recovery loans. FEMA will pay for repairs to customer-owned utilities such as the Jeff Davis Co-op, but the loans needed to effect immediate repairs carry hefty interest charges, he said, which are not covered.