Posted: Jan 8, 2013 4:38 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 7:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- Residents in the White Oak Landing subdivision say the city-parish blindsided them over plans to build a massive sewer lift station on an idyllic lake.
The parish must get into compliance with federal guidelines to limit the amount of sewer runoff by 2015. White Oak Landing is one of 16 areas in line to get a new station, but many residents told News 2 the parish never met with them about the plans for it.
"It's going to be a terrible eyesore when you come into the subdivision," said Mark McIntyre, who's lived in White Oak for seven years and says he loves the peaceful sounds of nature around his property.
However, concern is brewing over what's about to happen across the street.
"They say they can control the smell, but I'm in commercial development," McIntyre said. "I have sewer treatment plants. They have problems in the summer."
Gehl Davis is the President of the White Oak Landing Civic Association. Today he and others met with parish leaders about the proposed station. The initial rendering had the station near the road, towering nearly 30 feet into the air. After today's meeting, the facility was scaled back.
"They have worked with us," Davis said. "They moved it from the entrance of the subdivision a little further back and significantly lowered the height."
Another concern for residents is the loud generator that the new plant will have.
"In White Oak, we moved here because of the seclusion and wooded area," Marianne McIntyre said. "They are going to have to take out four of five cypress trees. That is a concern because it's the entrance to our subdivision."
Parish leaders said they intend to start the bidding process for the project by March. The station will cost over a million dollars to construct.