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Businesses not balking at new sewer system

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Posted: Dec 2, 2010 6:07 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Dec 2, 2010 6:07 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Ascension, Sewer, Sewage, Business, Growth, Gonzales

GONZALES- Several businesses in Ascension Parish are backing a planned sewer system that could be installed on the East bank of the parish. The Ascension council is voting on a plan tonight.

The vote comes after the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality warned the parish of their water quality earlier in the year. A new sewer system could cost residents and businesses an estimated connection fee between $500 and $2,600 per connection as well as monthly user fee, now proposed at about 45 dollars per month. Business owners say that's the price you pay for progress.

"No one wants to incur any extra costs as far as they have to but I think the parish, if we're going to grow like we've grown in the past and continue to grow I don't think we have a choice, but to move ahead, and part of moving ahead would be to provide parish wide water and sewer," said Candy Sheets, owner of Sno's Seafood and Steak House in Gonzales.

But not everyone in the parish is willing to pay an initial hook-up fee, let alone a monthly user fee.

"I think they should leave it at a regular price around $20 a month or something like that maybe we could afford something like that but $40 a month we can barely afford to put gas in our vehicles now you know what I mean," said John Lomas, an Ascension resident.

At least one council member told News 2 he'd like to see the monthly user rate start lower and work its way up overtime.

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