Deal dies for people living near sewer

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Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:37 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Dec 12, 2012 10:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: University Place, Metro Council, Greg Mitchell, Ulysses "Bones" Addison, Tara Wicker, sewage plant

BATON ROUGE - People who live near a sewer plant in the north part of the city won't get a reprieve from a smell they've been complaining about for the last 15 years.

Wednesday night, Metro Council voted not to move forward with a plan to buy-out the neighborhood.

The plan would spend $6 million, but those who live on streets set to be bought aren't sold on the price. They wonder if it should be higher.

Bones Addison, who represents the district on Metro Council, worried property appraisals were too low. Addison is term-limited out of office. Wednesday was his last meeting.

"My home is only valued at $42,000, and according to the rule you can only go up $22,500, so you can only get to $66,000 dollars?" Addison questioned.

"Now, where do I go and buy a home for $66,000?"

But, those familiar with the buy-out option said the deal would provide guards and oversight to make sure people who already paid-off mortgages won't end up with new ones.

Councilwoman Tara Wicker appeared emotional over the vote. She said, "To make a decision basically that leaves them stuck in that situation I think is ... unthinkable. I think it was just wrong."

Discussion about a buy-out can return with a new Metro Council next year, but the money for the project may be gone.

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